Welcome from the Director, Elizabeth Wilson

Welcome to the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society

The 2021-22 academic year will be filled with milestones for the Irving Institute and for Dartmouth as a whole. On the College level, we'll be marking the 50th anniversary of co-education and the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Native American Studies program. We're looking forward to celebrating the people and programs that have widened and enriched the range of perspectives that shape the Dartmouth community and the work we do. 

This academic year marks another anniversary, as well. It's been five years since the announcement of the creation of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society! Since that announcement and my fall 2017 start as the Institute's inaugural director, we have been working hard with our colleagues around campus to help Dartmouth become a premier destination for students focused on learning about and leading in energy and climate. We're particularly excited to welcome the campus community into our new home soon. This four-story, highly energy efficient, 55,000-square-foot facility on the campus' West End will open by 2022, and we plan to populate it with people, programs, and opportunities to connect, innovate, and lead in the energy and society space. 

The building will serve as a hub of collaboration for scholars and practitioners from across disciplines — a literal "big tent" where we can help convene a range of ideas, perspectives, and approaches to energy and society. A multiplicity of viewpoints is essential to understanding and addressing the energy and society challenges that we face, and we are committed to ensuring that everyone has a seat at the table.  

To that end, we recently released our Inclusivity, Equity, and Justice Roadmap, a document that details the ways in which we will advance affordable, sustainable, reliable energy futures that include ALL members of society. As we continue to engage with energy experts and practitioners from across disciplines and perspectives in our seminar series and co-curricular offerings like bootcamps,  our Energy 101 course, and experiential learning trips, we are more explicitly incorporating issues of energy equity and justice — an implicit part of our mission.  

On the curricular front, a soon-to-launch MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) developed by Institute Academic Director Amanda Graham, will focus on the foundations of energy justice and is targeted at energy professionals looking for ways to help ensure that the energy systems of tomorrow don't replicate the harms of the past. And an Institute seed grant-funded energy justice course and clinic are scheduled for the spring 2022 term, geared toward Dartmouth undergraduates. 

No matter where you look, the need to meet the challenge of implementing a sustainable and just energy transition has never been more urgent. I am continually grateful for and inspired by the ways that our students, alumni, faculty, and staff are stepping up. We invite you to join us in this work. Whether you attend an event, apply for funding for an energy and society project, subscribe to our newsletter, or engage in some other way, your participation is vital. Together we can ensure a more sustainable future for all.  
 
Thank you, 
~ Elizabeth