The Air Quality Life Index (AQLI), developed by Michael Greenstone, Milton Friedman Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), is being honored as a finalist for Fast Company’s 2019 World Changing Ideas Award in the Health and Wellness and AI + Data categories. This major annual award from Fast Company elevates brave concepts and innovative solutions that make the world better based on their potential for impact.
The AQLI, launched in November, converts particulate air pollution into its impact on life expectancy. Based on a pair of peer-reviewed studies co-authored by Greenstone that quantify the causal relationship between long-term exposure to particulate pollution and life expectancy, the results from these studies are then combined with hyper-localized, global particulate matter measurements to form a robust, data-driven tool. The tool, developed by the branding and digital design firm Constructive, allows users to zoom in on any district in the world and understand the impacts of that district’s local air pollution on life expectancy.