EPA Science Inventory

An Index of Human Well-being for the U.S.: A TRIO Approach

Citation:

Summers, K., L. Smith, L. Harwell, J. Case, C. Wade, K. Straub, AND H. Smith. An Index of Human Well-being for the U.S.: A TRIO Approach. Sustainability. MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland, 6(6):3915-3935, (2014).

Description:

: In 2011, EPA’s Office of Research and Development program, Sustainable and Healthy Communities, coined the term TRIO (Total Resources Impact Outcome) to represent approaches the fully incorporate all three pillars of community sustainability – environmental, economic and social. The holistic approach to sustainability is embodied in the Human Well-Being Index (HWBI) which includes sub-indices representing environmental well-being, economic well-being and societal well-being (which includes basic human needs and subjective well-being). The development of the HWBI is described in this manuscript along with its application at national, state and county spatial scales. In addition application at even smaller spatial scales (communities, neighborhoods, demographic and economic sub-groups, and even individuals are discussed. The potential use of HWBI as a tool for comparing the intended and unintended consequences of alternative decisions is described.

Purpose/Objective:

Document the construction of the Human Well-Being Index (HWBI) and show its relationship to the TRIO approach

URLs/Downloads:

http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/6/6/3915   Exit

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Start Date: 06/18/2014
Completion Date: 06/18/2014
Record Last Revised: 07/01/2014
Record Created: 06/18/2014
Record Released: 06/18/2014
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 278817

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB

GULF ECOLOGY DIVISION