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Janet E. Milne

Director of the Environmental Tax Policy Institute, Professor of Law

JD, Georgetown University, 1981;
BA, Williams College, 1973

Phone: 802-831-1266


  • "Understanding Environmental Taxation: Conceptual Issues in a Global World", Keynote Speaker, Conference on State Aid, Taxation and Sustainable Growth: Beyond 2020, Aarhus, Denmark, Oct. 31, 2013.
  • "Environmental Taxation: Wrestling with Theory", Keynote Speaker, 14th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, Kyoto, Japan, Oct. 19, 2013.
  • "Carbon Taxes: A Path Forward?", Dartmouth College lecture series, Leading Voices in Energy, Sustainability and Security, Hanover, NH, Aug. 1, 2013.
  • "Taxation's Troubling Toxicity," Workshop on Indignation, Socio-economic Inequality and the Role of Law, International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Onãti, Spain, May 30, 2013 (organized by Jane Glenn, McGill University Faculty of Law).
  • "Environmental Taxation: Exploring the Legal and Policy Niches," Duke Law School's Tax Policy Seminar, April 10, 2013.
  • "Carbon Taxes: International Experiences," Way Forward Climate Change Solutions Conference, Union of Concerned Scientists, Concord, NH, Feb. 25, 2013.
  • Panelist, "Energy Taxes in Fiscally Challenged Politics," 4th Annual Biophysical Economics Conference, University of Vermont Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, Burlington, Vermont, Oct. 26, 2012.
  • "The Supreme Court Opens a New Door: Expanded Opportunities for Environmental Taxes," 13th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, Vancouver, Canada, Sept. 21, 2012.
  • Panel discussion, "The Road Less Traveled: Exploring Niche Tax Practices," Diversity Committee of the ABA Tax Section, Washington, D.C., May 11, 2012.
  • Lecture, "The Treasures and Traps of the Law," Landscape Studies Program's Lecture Series, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, April 2, 2012.
  • "Electric Vehicles: Plugging into the Tax Code," 12th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, Madrid, Spain, Oct. 20, 2011.
  • Roundtable presentation, "Using Taxation to Promote Environmental Protection and Sustainability: A U.S. Perspective," at the Foundation for Research in Law and Business in Madrid, Spain, Oct. 19, 2011.
  • "British Columbia's Carbon Tax," Pricing Carbon Conference, Wesleyan University, Nov. 20, 2010.  
  • "Environmental Taxation in the United States: Retrospective and Prospective"
    Conference on Green Taxation in East Asia: Problems and Prospects, Hong Kong, Jan. 29, 2010.
  • "A Dark Recession, Green Economy and Red Ink: Climate Change Tax Incentives in the US Stimulus Legislation"
    Tenth Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, Lisbon, Portugal, Sept. 25, 2009.
  • "Climate Change Tax Incentives in the U.S. Tax Code: A Tax Expenditure Microcosm with Environmental Dimensions"
    Conference on Tax Expenditures and Public Policy in Comparative Perspective, Toronto, Canada, Sept. 12, 2009.
  • Panelist, Briefing United States Senate Staff on Carbon Taxes, July 13, 2009.
  • Janet E. Milne, Chair, Plenary Session III, Ninth Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, Singapore, November 5, 2008
  • Urban Emissions: The Burdens and Risks of Market-based Administration (Plenary Session I)
    Ninth Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation
    Singapore, November 4, 2008
  • From Simple Theory to Complex Reality: Designing Tax Incentives to Reduce Household Use of Fossil Fuels
    Eighth Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation
    Munich, Germany, October 19, 2007
  • The Particularities of Environmental Taxation in the United States
    European Commission's Brussels Tax Forum
    Brussels, Belgium, March 20, 2007
  • New Instruments on Old Turf: The Institutional Challenges of Environmental Taxation
    Seventh Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation
    October 23, 2006
  • Environmental Taxation
    Environmental and Land Use Law Workshop, Georgetown University Law Center
    Washington, D.C., October 16, 2006
  • Tax Expenditures for New Forms of Energy: The Policy Challenges of Overlapping Regulatory and Tax Regimes
    The James Hausman Tax Law and Policy Workshop Series, University of Toronto
    Toronto, February 8, 2006
  • Improving the Environment But Violating the Polluter-Pays Principle? Case Studies in American Tax Incentives
    Sixth Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation
    Leuven, Belgium, September 23, 2005
  • Generating Power from Wind and Landfills: Case Studies in the Benefits and Barriers for Renewable Energy (co-moderator, panelist)
    Joint Fall Meeting of the ABA's Section on Taxation and the Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law (RPPT)
    October 1, 2004
    The panel was presented at a joint session of the Energy and Environmental Taxes Committee of the Tax Section and the Environmental Committee of the RPPT Section.
  • The American Love Affair with the Car: The Mixed Beats of Taxation's Background Music (keynote presentation)
    Fifth Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation
    Pavia, Italy, September 11, 2004
  • Water and Taxation: Using Fiscal Instruments to Protect Drinking Water
    Conference on Access to Water in the 21st Century
    Mexico City, October 23, 2003
  • Harnessing the Wind: The Role of Tax Incentives as a Strand in the Reins
    Fourth Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation
    Sydney, Australia, June 7, 2003
  • Landscape and the Law: The Visible Effects of the Invisible Law
    Smith College, September 29, 2003
  • Tax Shifting: Making It Financially Attractive to Do the Right Thing
    Annual Conference of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
    Boston, Mass., March 14, 2003
  • Ecological Tax Reform
    University of Vermont, February 13, 2003
  • Sponsoring host and moderator, Third Annual Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, Woodstock, Vermont, April 12-13, 2002.
  • Setting the Scene
    Conference on Mountain Resorts, Vermont Law School
    November 6, 2001
  • A Diagnosis of Federal Environmental Taxes: What Has the United State Done?
    Second Global Conference on Environmental Taxation
    Vancouver, April 2001
  • Various Economic Theories of Environmental Taxation: Their Implications for Tax Design and Fiscal Politics
    International Conference on Environmental Taxation Issues
    Cleveland, Ohio, June 2000
  • Roundtable on Environmental Income Tax Issues (moderator)
    Environmental Taxation Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of Taxation meeting
    Washington, D.C., May 1999
  • Invited Witness, hearing on tax shifting held by the Ways and Means Committee of the Vermont House of Representatives
    Montpelier, Vermont, April 1999
  • The Prospects for Tax Shifting in the United States
    Ecological Tax Reform in an International Perspective conference, sponsored by the German Association for Ecological Tax Reform
    Hamburg, Germany, March 1999