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Table 2

Existing publicly disclosed internal carbon prices at U.S. academic institutions. Broad scope policies apply to multiple emissions sources. Air travel policies are limited to that use. Prices reflect the most recent price of which we are aware. See supplementary information for citations and details. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.443.t2

Broad Scope ICPs

YearSchoolPolicyPrice/MTCO2eNotes

 
2008  Princeton University Proxy price $268 Capital projects 
2015 Yale University Carbon charge $40 Revenue-neutral- across campus 
2016 Swarthmore College Carbon fund $26 Percent (1.25) of department budgets plus voluntary contributions 
2016 Swarthmore College Proxy price $100 Capital projects 
2016 Cornell University Proxy price $38 + 1.75%/year Used for a study of options for campus energy supply 
2017 Arizona State University Proxy price $10 Pilot phase 
2018 Smith College Proxy price $70 + 2.5%/yr Pilot phase, capital projects 
Air Travel ICPs 

 
Year School Policy Price Notes 

 
2012 Weber State University Carbon fund ~$0.01/mile Capped at $100,000 total, based on share of 2012 travel 
2016 Whitman College Carbon charge $5–$40/trip Student travel only; range varies by distance and vehicle 
2017 University of Maryland Carbon charge ~$5/trip  
2018 Arizona State University Carbon charge $8/trip To purchase and develop offsets 
2018 University of California Los Angeles Carbon charge $9/25/flight (Domestic/Intl) Pilot phase 
2020  Utah State University Carbon charge $10/flight For on-campus projects to reduce carbon footprint. 
Broad Scope ICPs

YearSchoolPolicyPrice/MTCO2eNotes

 
2008  Princeton University Proxy price $268 Capital projects 
2015 Yale University Carbon charge $40 Revenue-neutral- across campus 
2016 Swarthmore College Carbon fund $26 Percent (1.25) of department budgets plus voluntary contributions 
2016 Swarthmore College Proxy price $100 Capital projects 
2016 Cornell University Proxy price $38 + 1.75%/year Used for a study of options for campus energy supply 
2017 Arizona State University Proxy price $10 Pilot phase 
2018 Smith College Proxy price $70 + 2.5%/yr Pilot phase, capital projects 
Air Travel ICPs 

 
Year School Policy Price Notes 

 
2012 Weber State University Carbon fund ~$0.01/mile Capped at $100,000 total, based on share of 2012 travel 
2016 Whitman College Carbon charge $5–$40/trip Student travel only; range varies by distance and vehicle 
2017 University of Maryland Carbon charge ~$5/trip  
2018 Arizona State University Carbon charge $8/trip To purchase and develop offsets 
2018 University of California Los Angeles Carbon charge $9/25/flight (Domestic/Intl) Pilot phase 
2020  Utah State University Carbon charge $10/flight For on-campus projects to reduce carbon footprint. 
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