Mr. Ruder specializes in environmental policy and risk assessment. His work in
environmental policy focuses on devising and testing alternative regulatory and
voluntary approaches to promote sustainability and to encourage facilities from a
wide range of industrial sectors to achieve beyond-compliance performance. These approaches
include a range of performance-based, voluntary programs and market-based incentives.
Mr. Ruder also has extensive expertise in evaluating the costs and benefits of both
alternative and traditional regulatory policies.
A primary focus of his work in the area of risk assessment has been developing improved
techniques for policy applications and applying decision analysis to evaluate the value of
the information provided by these techniques. His risk assessment experience includes
addressing emerging issues, such as evaluating cumulative risk at the community level,
assessing disproportionate environmental health impacts, and conducting numerous site-specific
health risk assessments. Mr. Ruder's work in this area has been conducted in support of a
variety of activities, including EPA policy-making efforts, priority-setting efforts in
Eastern Europe, site-specific remediation decisions, and natural resource damage assessments.
Mr. Ruder holds a B.A. in Environmental Science from Wesleyan University, and an M.S. in
Environmental Health Management from the Harvard University School of Public Health.