Energy Immersion Trips

About the Energy Immersion Trip Program


Students looking at a former coal mining site

Immersive, Transformative Experiential Education

The Energy Immersion Trips program is sponsored by the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society and the Dartmouth Sustainability Office and provides students in-depth opportunities to examine energy systems from a variety of different perspectives and to explore future pathways through break trips to different regions of North America. 

Multi-Perspective Opportunities to Learn About the Interfaces of Energy and Society

Students examine first-hand the intersections of natural resource extraction, policy, economics, health, geography, and culture and meet with energy company executives and employees, landowners, decision makers, community organizers, local utilities, watchdog groups, environmental and social justice activists and leaders in the extraction industry. Throughout the trips, students gain skills in problem assessment, creating dialogue across difference, and reflection.

"We often talk in the energy system about local costs and national benefits, but when you see it on the ground, that's important. It comes down to respect," says Elizabeth Wilson, director of the Irving Institute. "Letting students learn how people make their choices, how they live, and what their values are—that's important to understanding how our policies and technologies affect lives."