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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 62.54
Liaison Lindsay Crum
Submission Date Sept. 21, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Yale University
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Brianne Mullen
Urban Sustainability Program Associate
Yale Office of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Yale Carbon Charge Pilot

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

In 2014, Yale announced the formation of a Presidential Carbon Charge Task Force, chaired by Sterling Professor of Economics William Nordhaus, which examined whether it would be feasible and effective to introduce carbon pricing as a component of the university’s overall environmental sustainability strategy. The Yale Carbon Charge Project is testing the effectiveness and feasibility of carbon pricing on Yale’s campus. Using the university as a living laboratory for applied research, the project aims to inform energy policy, climate change mitigation, and environmental economics by testing multiple models of carbon pricing. A 6-month pilot involving 20 university buildings took place during the 2015-2016 academic year. Yale was the first university member of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC), a private-public partnership among the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), governments, nonprofits, and private sector companies to strengthen carbon pricing policies through the development of a network for sharing best practices.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Research
Campus Engagement
Energy

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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