Internal Carbon Pricing at SUNY Oswego

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Internal Carbon Pricing at SUNY Oswego
Spencer Johnson
Eusebio Omar van Reenen
Linden Merrill
SUNY Oswego Office of Sustainability
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Subjects / Keywords:
proxy carbon fee
internal carbon pricing
lifecycle cost
financial decision-making
social cost of carbon
carbon levy
carbon neutral


This proposal sheds light on a new strategy for the State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego) to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, or sooner, through the use of internal carbon pricing (ICP). Definitions of carbon pricing, along with successful applications in both the education and business sectors are highlighted. Colleges and universities educate the future decision makers of society and house some of the country’s most intelligent members, making them an important place to implement carbon pricing. Piloting these methods at a university level will benefit the campus and community, with the hopes that other institutions will do the same. Working from these examples and knowledge of the intricacies of campus procedures, this proposal explores a direct application of various ICP strategies at SUNY Oswego. Implementing ICP may help accelerate a university or government's efforts in the reduction of their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, thereby helping institutions steadfastly reach their commitments to sustainable best-practices. It is important to note that although these ICP methods can be used on their own, the results will be maximized with a combination of strategies.
Collected for SUNY Oswego Institutional Repository by the online self-submittal tool. Submitted by Linden Merrill.

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