ENV 581a () / 2023-2024

Transportation and Climate Change (Fall-1 August 30-October 13)

Credits: 1.5
Fall 2023: M,W, 4:00-5:20, Kroon 321

Attendance to the first two sessions is mandatory for eligibility for enrollment

This course is capped at 30 students. Interested students should register no later than August 27. If more than 30 students register, priority (in order) will be given to YSE students in their second year or beyond, YSE students in their first year, students from other Yale graduate schools, and finally Yale College students. Final enrollment decisions will be shared by end-of-day on August 28.

Transportation is the fastest-growing contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, worldwide, but has often been considered the most challenging sector to decarbonize. In this course, we will critically analyze a range of policies to improve fuel economy, promote electric vehicles, and reduce vehicle travel. We’ll briefly consider the range of infrastructure and policy changes that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. But we’ll spend more time on the question of how these changes can be implemented, and the tradeoffs between emission reductions, equity, safety, and other policy goals. The course has a US focus, but we’ll bring in examples from other contexts from time to time.
Limited to 30