Students asked to weigh in on question ‘Should Yale adopt an internal carbon tax?’

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to offer their perspectives on the question “Should Yale adopt an internal carbon tax?” at a town hall meeting at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6 in the Luce Hall auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave.

The event is hosted by the Yale Presidential Carbon Charge Task Force, established in August by President Peter Salovey as part of a series of initiatives to advance Yale’s leadership in environmental sustainability.

“A growing number of companies in the private sector and municipalities have begun to experiment with internal carbon pricing,” noted Salovey in announcing the creation of the task force. “We are unaware of any university that has implemented a carbon charge. Might Yale be able to develop a model that could be adopted by universities and higher education more generally?”

The goal of introducing a carbon charge at Yale, should it be deemed feasible and effective, Salovey added, would be to provide “incentives for different units to reduce their carbon footprint in a way that is not administratively or economically burdensome.”

William Nordhaus, Sterling Professor of Economics and chair of the Carbon Charge Task Force, will lead the town hall with student representatives Sophie Janaskie ’15 of Yale College; Jennifer Milikowsky, a graduate studet in the M.B.A. /Master of Forestry program; and Robin Canavan, a doctoral student in geology and geophysics.

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