Kroon Carbon Challenge

Kroon Carbon Challenge

Welcome to the Kroon Carbon Challenge!

In December 2015 Yale University launched a four part pilot program exploring a variety of internal carbon charge strategies using twenty Yale buildings. The goal of this program is to analyze whether carbon pricing is an effective way to improve the university’s environmental sustainability.

Kroon Hall, home of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, is a part of this pilot program. After seeing Kroon’s December report, Forestry faculty, staff and students felt discouraged. The building was not performing nearly as well as we would have hoped, especially since we consider ourselves sustainability leaders on this campus. Energy usage in December increased in almost every category (lighting, heating, plug loads, and hot water) compared to 2014’s data. Kroon Hall is already extremely energy efficient and considered one of the top ten greenest buildings in the world. Despite this challenging start, we know that our community is up to the challenge of bringing down energy levels to below last year’s usage.

The F&ES ESC is excited to mobilize students to change the way the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies uses energy. A team has joined together to create the Kroon Hall Carbon Task Force, and our Facebook page is up and running to provide ongoing information to the community.

Please stay tuned to learn more about our initiatives and progress this semester – the pilot ends on June 1st so we have to seize the day! Check out our Facebook page and reach out if you would like to collaborate on helping us reach our goals.