For What it's worth: Why and How We put a dollar value on clean air

GOAL

Inform participants about the cost associated with air quality health effects.

DESCRIPTION

This presentation will provide a brief history and rationale for the U.S. EPA’s approach to analyzing the economic value of the health burdens from air pollution, and to conducting economic benefit analyses for air pollution regulations. It will provide a brief introduction to EPA’s benefits analysis software, BenMAP-CE, and provide some recent examples of analyses of air pollution health costs and estimates of economic benefits of air pollution policies. Examples of challenges in developing economic benefits estimates for emerging health concerns such as neurodevelopmental and reproductive outcomes will also be discussed.

Bryan Hubbell, Ph.D.

Bryan Hubbell, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor on Social Science

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Hubbell is currently Senior Advisor on Social Science for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD). He advises ORD senior management on opportunities for integration of social sciences in environmental research programs, promotes interdisciplinary and translational science methods to address complex environmental public health challenges, and chairs EPA’s Social-Environmental Science Exchange. Dr. Hubbell previously worked for 18 years in EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) where he was the Senior Advisor for Science and Policy Analysis in the Health and Environmental Impacts Division. He also previously led OAQPS’ Risk and Benefits Group which is responsible for estimating exposures and risks associated with criteria air pollutants and conducting benefits analyses for major air pollution regulations. He has written and presented extensively in the U.S. and internationally on health and environmental impacts of air pollution and economic benefits and costs of air quality regulations, serving as the principal benefits analyst for many of EPA’s regulatory analyses, and led the project team that developed the environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program (BenMAP). Dr. Hubbell has a Ph.D. in economics from N.C. State University. His current research interests include translational science for environmental public health, understanding how low-cost environmental and health sensors can impact individual and community health protective behaviors, and improving communication of environmental health risks and interventions to reduce exposures and improve public health.