Tom’s career in environmental public health began in Colorado in 1970 as an environmental health officer. Moving to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1976 to start the Aspen Environmental Health Department and continuing with Pitkin County has offered Tom countless opportunities to protect the natural environment and the public’s health. Tom’s academic bachelor degree in biology and master of public health degree have grounded him in how to focus resources for the benefit of current and future generations and a sustainable environment. Tom has been actively engaged in the creation of educational materials, ordinances and learning modules to help prepare the future environmental public health workforce for the challenges ahead. Tom is a champion for life long learning about all environmental influences that sustain and improve the quality of life for all living things. Our ability to use our natural resources, but only at a sustainable level is a delicate balance. Tom’s two environmental public health heroes are: Rachel Carson who wrote Silent Spring in 1962. A watershed revelation that led to the environmental movement in the 1970s. His second hero is Dr. Florence Sabin who, in her role as Exec Director of the Colorado Dept of Health at 70 + years old, wrote the first 8 public health laws in Colorado.