Energy 101 Series

About Energy 101

Learn about the energy systems which shape so much of our lives. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to apply to participate in a free five-week educational series on energy and society organized by the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society and the Dartmouth Energy Collaborative. No experience is necessary, just an interest in learning more about today's energy systems and the forces that are shaping our energy futures.

Register for the fall 2019 series here.


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Fall 2019 Energy 101 Dates and Topics

Tuesdays from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Email [email protected] to register, for location information, and course materials. 

September 17: Big Picture: How Does Energy Fulfill Critical Societal Needs? Led by Elizabeth Wilson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Director, Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society 

September 24: Energy Fundamentals and the Language of Energy: Tools for Understanding Energy in our Lives: Led by Amanda Graham, Academic Director, Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society

October 1: Transitions in Today's Energy Systems: Electricity and Transportation: Led by Stephen Doig, Research Director, Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society

October 8: Dartmouth's Energy System: Led by Rosi Kerr, Director, Dartmouth Office of Sustainability

October 15: Energy Transitions and Wrap Up: Led by Elizabeth Wilson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Director, Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society


Mission and Series Information

The Energy 101 Series will increase energy literacy of Dartmouth students, faculty, staff, and members of our regional community. Participants will leave with broader knowledge about energy systems and energy and society issues gained through mini-lectures, small and large group discussions, case studies, and interactive and applied exercises. Presenters include Dartmouth faculty and staff as well as invited experts. Areas of focus include how societies use energy, historic and future patterns of resource exploration and extraction, and creating sustainable energy systems.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Energy 101 Series, attendees will:

1. Gain an understanding of how energy is used, distributed, and produced, and appreciate the societal implications of energy resource and technology choices

2. Develop a broad vocabulary of energy-related terms and units, as well as knowledge about how energy decisions are made and how key public and private sector stakeholders participate

3. Understand emerging energy systems issues and innovations in the United States and abroad

4. Build meaningful connections with others on campus and in the community working on energy systems & innovation

5. Be more prepared to navigate internship and career opportunities within the energy sector

Participant Expectations

The Energy 101 Series is offered by the Dartmouth Energy Collaborative, a partnership of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society, the Dartmouth Sustainability Office, the Revers Center for Energy at the Tuck School of Business, and Thayer School of Engineering.

We ask participants to plan to attend the series in its entirety. Content delivered in weekly sessions will overlap, connect, and build over the course of the series to do justice to the interconnected nature of energy systems. A consistent cohort of participants will allow for deeper group discussions and collaborative case study work, so we hope you will join us for all sessions!  

2018-19 Energy 101 Topics

  • The Big Picture: What are "energy systems?" Why and how do we use energy?
  • The Language of Energy:  Units, Conversions, and How to Use Them
  • Major Energy Resources of the Past and Present - and their Societal Implications: Oil and Natural Gas
  • Transitions in Today's Energy Systems:  Electricity, Changing Fuel Mixes, and Energy Futures
  • The Energy Policy Landscape in the US
  • Energy in Frontier Economies: A Case Study in Morocco
  • Cold, Remote, Rural Regions: Energy Needs and Opportunities