AgBioResearch Economist Tapped for National Environmental Policy Committee

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MAES agricultural, food and resource economics researcher Jinhua Zhao was recently appointed to a three-year term on the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board.

The SAB provides independent advice and peer review to EPA’s administrator on the scientific and technical aspects of environmental issues. As a member of the SAB, Zhao will advise the EPA on issues underlying EPA’s policies and decision making, including the adequacy and scientific basis of agency programs, guidelines, methodologies, proposed regulations, as well as new information needs for research and development.

Zhao’s research on the economics of climate change focuses on designing the architecture for the next climate treaty that encourages voluntary participation, increases cost effectiveness and promotes monitoring and enforcement.

In addition, Zhao conducts research on the economics of biofuels, with an emphasis on the long-term carbon footprints of biofuels. He leads the bioeconomy and global climate change research activities in the College of Social Science at MSU.

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