Upcoming Events

Past Events

The George Link Jr. Environmental Awareness Lecture: “Climate Change Progress Post-Paris: Is the U.S. Still In?”

Kenneth Kimmell
President of the Union of Concerned Scientists
Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

Ken Kimmell is president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a leading science-based nonprofit that combines the knowledge and influence of the scientific community with the passion of concerned citizens to build a healthy planet and a safer world. Mr. Kimmell has more than 30 years of experience in government, environmental policy, and advocacy. He is a national advocate for clean energy and transportation policies and a driving force behind UCS’s “Power Ahead” campaign to build a large and diverse group of clean energy leadership states.

Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program, the George Link Jr. Endowment for Environmental Studies, Porter Family Fund for Sustainability in the Curriculum, and the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society.

Free and Open to the Public.

Opening access to energy use data for the public good: What is needed to realize the promises of energy system change?

Alexandra Klass and Elizabeth Wilson
Oct. 19 at 5 p.m.
Moore Hall B03

Learn how energy consumption data can inform decisions that drive reductions in electricity costs and environmental impacts at all levels, and what can be done to lower the barriers to access to this data. Alexandra Klass is the Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. Elizabeth Wilson is Director of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society and a professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth.

Corporations as the Climate Solution

Anant Sundaram
Clinical Professor of Business Adminstration
Tuck School of Business
Oct. 9 at 6 p.m.
Rockefeller 2

Professor Anant Sundaram of the Tuck School argues that policy disarray over climate change makes corporations all the more salient. Free dinner for students.

Corporations are front-and-center to the problem of climate change. By being the largest group of emitters, they are a primary cause. Yet, through the technology, the talent, and the resources deployed to making non-CO2 sources of energy, carbon efficiency, and carbon capture and storage/use happen, they are the primary solution. With U.S. policy in disarray, and a decades-long, UN-led, global policy-making process that is largely stranded, the role of the corporation has become ever more salient. There is an emerging corporate ‘climate economy’ that is already prominent, but waiting for take-off pending the right policy incentives.

Building High-Performing Teams in a Global Industry

Tom Linebarger
Chairman and CEO, Cummins
May 17 at 12 p.m.

Pandora's Power Grid—What Can State Attacks Do & What Would be the Impact?

Ben Miller
Director of Threat Operations for Dragos, Inc.
May 2 at 4:30 p.m.
Kemeny Hall 007

Ben Miller will discuss nation state attacks on energy delivery systems. Miller will delve into the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of nation state attacks and the likely impact of such attacks. Miller will also provide insights into how nation state attacks work as well as a brief glimpse of what is in store for the cybersecurity future of energy delivery systems.

Tuck Climate Change Speakers

Lunchtime lectures
Mar. 27: David Hone, Chief Climate Change Advisor for Shell
Apr. 17: Kathy Baughman McLeod, Director, Climate Risk and Resiliance at the Nature Conservancy
May 2: John Morton, former Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change at the White House
May 15: Ashley Schulten, Head of Climate Solution, Fixed Income, at Blackrock

For additional information, including room locations, contact Hannah Payson at the Center for Business, Government & Society at the Tuck School ([email protected]).

The Future of Energy Storage

Yet-Ming Chiang
Kyocera Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
April 28 at 3:30 p.m.
Spanos Auditorium, Cummings Hall

Dr. Yet-Ming Chiang, Kyocera Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, is a clean energy scientist and technologist focusing on electrical storage for transportation, renewables, and grid-scale applications. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT since 1985. Chiang is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Materials Research Society and the American Ceramic Society. He has received The Economist's Innovation Award (Energy and the Environment category), the Electrochemical Society's Battery Division's Battery Technology Award, the Materials Research Society's Plenary Lecturer, an R&D 100 and R&D100 Editor's Choice Award, and the American Ceramic Society's Corporate Achievement, Ross Coffin Purdy, R.M. Fulrath, and F.H. Norton Awards. Chiang has published about 250 scientific papers and holds about 60 patents. In addition to his academic research, Chiang has co-founded 5 companies to commercialize research from his laboratory. He serves on numerous government and academic advisory committees and study panels, and is a Trustee of the Boston Museum of Science.

Dartmouth’s Energy Future: Past, Present, and Future?

Apr. 21 at 3:30
Spanos Auditorium, Cummings Hall

Abbe Bjorklund, Dartmouth's Director of Engineering & Utilities, and Steve Shadford, Dartmouth's Energy Program Manager, will provide an overview of Dartmouth's energy picture. Did you know that Dartmouth was an early campus energy system innovator, installing the first campus district heating system on the east coast in 1898, and cogenerating campus electricity since 1905? In the past decade, Dartmouth has made great strides in campus energy efficiency in its new and existing buildings, reducing overall energy consumption by 18% while the campus has grown by 22%. Looking to the future, Dartmouth has recently completed an in-depth study process aimed towards transformation of its heating, cooling, and electrical supply systems, moving towards renewable energy and away from fossil fuels and grid electricity. Next steps in implementing these changes will be discussed.

Abbe Bjorklund is Dartmouth's Director of Engineering and Utilities. In this role since December 2015, Abbe oversees engineering for buildings and utilities on Dartmouth's campus, as well as energy procurement, planning, and efficiency initiatives. Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Abbe worked as an engineering consultant in Boston for over 25 years, specializing in high performance building and utility system planning, design and commissioning. She is a registered Professional Engineer, Certified Energy Manager, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Commissioning Process Management Professional.

Steve Shadford is Dartmouth's Energy Program Manager. Steve joined Dartmouth's Facilities Engineering department in 2007 to implement a focused energy efficiency program. Steve's prior professional experience includes ownership of a building automation firm, energy conservation and efficiency consulting and building energy system recommissioning. Steve has over 40 years of experience in building energy systems. He is a registered Professional Engineer, a Certified Energy Manager, and LEED Accredited Professional.

Lecture: Clean Energy and International Climate Collaborations: What Next?

On Mar. 30, President Trump called for a reversal of the Obama climate action and clean power plans. Jonathan Elkin, Assistant Secretary for International Affairs from 2015–2017, examines the implications for the Paris Climate Agreement, renewable energy industries, and U.S. energy collaborations.

Apr. 6 at 12 p.m.
Borelli Classroom, Raether Building, Tuck School of Business

Annual Business and Society Conference

“Business NOT as Usual: Redefining roles and responsibilities in a time of broadened social consciousness”

Panels will cover topics such as real estate, national security and technology, energy, and more and will offer in-depth explorations of how growing societal expectations are driving business leaders and organizations to reevaluate their roles and responsibilities.
Feb. 23, 3:30–4:30
Feb 24, 9:00–5:00
Raether Hall, Tuck School of Business

Lecture: A Gambler’s Approach to Gambling the Globe

Aaron Brown, Managing Director and Head of AQR Financial Market Research
Feb. 17, 3:30 p.m.
Spanos Auditorium, Cummings Hall

Abstract: This talk will parallel a Jones Seminar given three years ago by Professor Mark Borsuk describing a decision theory approach to climate change policy. At each stage, it will contrast the decision theory mathematics to the risk management mathematics. The original talk began with considering what the optimal choices should be for a beneficent, omnipotent dictator and at the end suggested ongoing extensions to a game-theoretic analysis of agent-based treaty processes. The risk management approach begins by looking for social games-perhaps treaty processes, but they could also be financial markets, liability structures, insurance businesses, adversarial processes or other institutions that will result in good decisions, without trying to guess what those decisions should be. This allows it to bypass most of the technical comp! lexity, data, and assumptions of the decision theoretic approach, which means this portion of the talk will be shorter than the original. The remaining time will be used for a discussion of how to integrate the two perspectives into a policy that reflects the best available scientific knowledge with a social process that leads to cheerful, productive, rational, self-correcting consensus rather than infighting, inaction and inferior outcomes.

Panel Discussion: Energy and the Environment Under the New Administration

Moderated by Joseph Helble, Dean and Professor of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering
Friday, Jan. 20, 2017
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Georgiopoulous Classroom, Raether Hall, Tuck School
Part of a series of events discussing the incoming Trump administration and new Republican Congress

Lecture: Small-scale Mechanics of Nanoscale Metals

Professor Frederic Sansoz (University of Vermont)
Friday, Jan. 13, 2017
3:30 p.m.
Spanos Auditorium, Cummings Hall

Lecture: Energy and Society

Dan Reicher ’78, executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford, will deliver a talk on the intersections of energy and society. Reicher is a former assistant secretary of energy for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Friday, Oct. 14, 2016
1–2:15 p.m.
Georgiopoulos Classroom, Raether Hall

Co-sponsors: Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy; Thayer School of Engineering; Office of Sustainability; Revers Energy Initiative; Center for Business, Government, and Society