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Tampa's Well-being: A Demonstration of ORD's Human Well-being Index (web content for the Tampa Bay Ecosystem services website)
Smith, L. AND L. Harwell. Tampa's Well-being: A Demonstration of ORD's Human Well-being Index (web content for the Tampa Bay Ecosystem services website). US EPA Office of Research and Development, Washington, DC, 2013.
Ecosystems provide services to humans that support our well-being. Well-being is not only our health but also our quality of life. We rely upon the services provided by nature to help maintain good health and a high quality of life, including clean water, clean air, food and recreational opportunities. By protecting the environment, we are helping to sustain people's well-being. The Office of Research and Development (ORD) created a Human Well-being Index (HWBI) as a measure to help understand the relationships between people and ecosystem as well as economic and social services. Individual and community well-being can be influenced by decisions made about environmental, economic, and social services. If decisions do not support stakeholder priorities, overall well-being in the community may greatly decline. The HWBI score for an area may change based on the relative importance of different components of well-being to stakeholders. The components of well-being, referred to as domains, include Connection to Nature, Cultural Fulfillment, Education, Health, Leisure time, Living Standards, Safety and Security, and Social Cohesion. The HWBI is a combination of the scores for each of the 8 domains. Different places may have different HWBI scores. Furthermore, those HWBI scores can change over time.
To communicate results of HWBI application to the Tampa Bay Ecosystem Services Project Area.
Record Details:Record Type: DOCUMENT (COMMUNICATION PRODUCT/GENERAL PUBLIC)
Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB
GULF ECOLOGY DIVISION