J.R. DeShazo, professor of public policy in the UCLA Luksin School of Public Affairs, has created a committee of environmental economists to help ensure that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has access to the most advanced research. Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, the External Environmental Economics Advisory Committee will advise the EPA on the social costs and benefits of its policies.

“Our mission is to provide independent, state-of-the-science advice with regard to the benefits, costs and design of the EPA’s environmental programs,” said DeShazo, co-chair of the committee, who is also a professor of civil and environmental engineering in the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering.

Policy changes related to the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Energy Independence and Security Act will impact millions of Americans and firms, along with the ecosystem. As a nonpartisan research organization, the committee intends to operate until the EPA reconstitutes an internal environmental economics advisory committee composed of independent economists.

Read more on the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs website.