Tobie Bernstein

Tobie Bernstein
Senior Attorney; Director, Indoor Environments and Green Buildings Program

Tobie Bernstein's work focuses on strengthening policies and programs to reduce indoor air risks and create healthy, high performance buildings. She has done extensive research and writing on state and local policy approaches to improving indoor environmental quality in schools, child care facilities, and homes. She has also written about policy and program strategies for integrating health, energy, and environmental goals in building construction and renovation.

Prior to joining ELI, Tobie was a staff attorney at Maryland Legal Aid, where she represented clients in civil matters.

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  • Environmental Health: indoor environmental quality—federal, state and local government policies and programs
  • Green Buildings: green buildings—federal, state and local government policies and program


  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • B.A., Washington University

Selected Publications

Indoor Environments and Green Buildings Reports:

Indoor Wood Burning: Policies to Reduce Emissions and Improve Public Health (2021)

Radon in Child Care: Review of State Policies (2021)

Reducing Indoor Exposure to Particle Pollution from Outdoor Sources: Policies and Programs for Improving Air Quality in Homes (2020)

Funding for Environmental Assessment and Remediation at Child Care Facilities: A Review of Selected Resources (2019)

Addressing Environmental Site Hazards at Child Care Facilities: A Review of State Policy Strategies (2018)

Indoor Air Quality Guide for Tenants (2017)

Indoor Air Quality in Homes: State Policies for Improving Health Now and Addressing Future Risks in a Changing Climate (2016)

Addressing Indoor Air Quality in School Energy Efficiency Upgrades: Review of Selected State Policies (2016)

Reducing Environmental Exposures in Child Care Facilities: An Overview of State Policy (2015)

Radon in Homes, Strengthening State Policy to Reduce Risk and Save Lives (2012)

School Indoor Air Quality: State Policy Strategies for Maintaining Healthy Learning Environments  (2009)

Municipal Green Building Policies: Strategies for Transforming Building Practices in the Private Sector (2008)

Building Healthy, High Performance Schools: A Review of Selected States and Local Initiatives (2003)

Improving Indoor Air Quality in Rental Dwellings: A Review of Policies in Five U.S. Localities (2003)