The mission of the Commonweal Biomonitoring Resource Center (CBRC) is to reduce toxic chemical exposures to people and to all life. CBRC was founded by Sharyle Patton, a citizen-scientist who has co-authored more than a dozen scientific papers, initiated a dozen scientific studies, and co-chaired IPEN, the global NGO network that won the first global treaty banning some of the world’s most toxic chemicals (the Stockholm Convention).

For more than 20 years, Commonweal’s Biomonitoring Resource Center has been engaged in projects that further the understanding of toxic chemicals in the human body and in the environment. By documenting the ubiquity and complexity of exposures in human bodies, air, water, and consumer products, we shine a spotlight on the failures of current chemical regulations. Moving toward green chemistry and ensuring that harmful chemicals are managed throughout their lifecycle in ways that truly protect the environment and the health of all living beings is central to creating a healthy and sustainable world.

Sharyle Patton in Conversation with New School at Commonweal Host Irwin Keller: Rising from the Ashes: Toxic Dangers of the Sonoma County Fires (2018)