Mission & Governance

The mission of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society at Dartmouth is to advance an affordable, sustainable, and reliable energy future for the benefit of society. 

We seek to achieve this mission by developing the next generation of energy experts, leaders, and citizens and by transforming humankind's understanding of energy systems across technological, environmental, economic, geopolitical, and cultural perspectives.


The Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society is run by a director who reports to Dartmouth's provost. Like other Dartmouth centers and institutes, the Irving Institute's advisory board was approved by the Dartmouth Board of Trustees. The advisors provide advice on the strategy and operations of the Institute in service to its mission and also serve as a connection to the outside world of energy in today's society. The advisory board has broad representation from many areas, including academia, industry, government, and nongovernmental organizations.