On-Campus DEC Events

The Dartmouth Energy Collaborative hosts events and learning opportunities throughout the academic year, including Thursday lunch seminars twice a month.

Most DEC events are open to Dartmouth students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public.

All upcoming event dates are listed below. 

Spring 2020 DEC Energy Lunch Series

Join us for our bi-weekly energy lunch series, where you'll get a chance to learn more about energy topics on campus, in the region, and beyond.  These events are free and open to all. Lunch is provided.  Our spring term lineup will be published soon. 

Winter Term 2020 Lunches

Thursday, March 5: Analysis of Energy and Indigenous Environmental Studies in the Americas with Professor Laura Ogden, Department of Anthropology
12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Occom Commons - Goldstein Hall
About this talk: Anthropologist Laura Ogden will discuss key themes important to Indigenous scholars working on energy issues in the United States. These themes include the centrality of water, energy and sovereignty, health and energy inequalities, as well as infrastructure politics. The Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society supported this project.

Thursday, January 9: Dartmouth's Energy System with Rosi Kerr, Director of the Dartmouth Sustainability Office
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. — Occom Commons - Goldstein Hall

Read a student report on the presentation

Thursday, January 23: High-Performance Nickel-Iron (NiFE) Permanent Magnetics for Electric Motors and Turbines with Professor Ian Baker, Thayer School of Engineering
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. — Occom Commons - Goldstein Hall
About this talk: Demand for high-performance permanent magnets for motors is increasing rapidly for applications such as wind turbine generators and motors in electric and hybrid cars. Sm-Co and Nd-Fe-B rare earth (RE) magnets, which have the highest energy product (BH)max of any magnets, are used for such challenging applications. However, RE magnets are very expensive and RE mining has been associated with severe environmental degradation. In this project we aimed to establish a low-cost method to produce bulk L1- structured NiFe, which has magnetic properties comparable to the best RE magnets.


Read a student report on the presentation

Thursday, January 30: Energy and Society in Northern Greenland with Professor Mary Albert, Thayer School of Engineering
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. — Occom Commons - Goldstein Hall
About this talk: Arctic indigenous communities have valued hunting and fishing lifestyles for thousands of years. Today, Arctic subsistence lifestyles are being threatened by their current dependence on expensive fossil fuels. With sunlight availability on the scale of months rather than hours, life on a windless frozen Arctic fjord may become sustainable through a systems approach that includes adaptation of renewable energy technologies in solutions for interlinked energy-societal-environmental challenges. Upon the invitation of citizens of Greenland, in this stakeholder-driven pilot project we partner with the citizens of Qaanaaq to identify and articulate their needs, goals, and collaborative short-term and long-term projects that could lead to a sustainable hunting/fishing lifestyle in this remote area. The co-generation of knowledge in this Irving Institute-funded study is establishing a solid partnership and has set the stage for a larger recent award from NSF for continued research.


Thursday, February 13: Hawaii Energy Landscape: Examining the Transition to 100% Renewably Sourced Energy by 2045 with Tuck Students
12 - 1 p.m. — Tuck School of Business - General Motors Classroom

About this talk: The Revers Center for Energy T'20 Fellows packed their Hawaiian shirts and traveled to Honolulu and Kona, Hawaii to examine the challenges of transitioning from exporting all energy to becoming 100% renewable energy by 2045. Visits included the Hawaiian Electric Company, the Hawaii State Energy Office, the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resiliency, the Elemental Excelerator, University of Hawaii, AES Hawaii (coal plant), Covanta Honolulu H-Power Waste to Energy plant, a microgrid, the Natural Energy Laboratory, and of course Parker Ranch with Dutch Kuyper T'92 and Jonathan Mitchell T'12. Come hear from the team on their conclusions about the state's diverging economic interests, technological limitations, cultural and religious elements, and competition for limited land that complicate this clean energy transition.

Thursday, February 20: Student Experiential Learning and Research World Cafe with Dartmouth Undergraduate and Graduate Students
12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Top of the Hop

Projects and Participants

  • Dartmouth Energy Alliance: Max Holden, Joe Hall, Caroline Goggins
  • Energy Blockchain for Financing and Carbon Offsetting: Junyang Ke
  • Sustainability Corps: Hannah McGrath, Brandon Holmes, Emma Miller
  • Gulf Coast Immersion Trip: Jennifer Chen & Pierce Wilson
  • Studied Hydropower Resources, Snow Accumulation, & Snowmelt in Mt. Hunter, Alaska: Katie Anderson
  • Installation of a Micro‐Hydroelectric Generator for the Inian Islands Institute in Alaska: Kevin Yang, Mallory Byrd, Abigail Brazil, Marissa Magsarili, and Ben Sacconne
  • Exploring the structural capacities of mycelium as a novel building and insulative material, as well as its ability to cleanse rainwater of acidity and nutrient deposition: Kevin Yang
  • Dartmouth Energy Future Team : Kevin Yang, Alex Derenchuck, Mallory Byrd
  • Electrochemical Society Conference in Atlanta : Andrew Hamlin & Julia Huddy
  • Research & Development of a Wearable Biomechanical Energy Harvesting Device: Haley Richards
  • WindEurope Offshore 2019 Conference in Denmark: Rick Basak


Fall DEC 2019 Lunch Series


  • Thursday, September 19 : The Year Ahead in Energy and Society at Dartmouth, presented by DEC representatives
  • 12:15 -1:15 p.m. | Fahey Hall, First Floor Commons
  • Thursday, October 3: Denmark Energy Trip, presented by Tuck students and other campus participants
    12 - 1 p.m. | Tuck - Shapiro Classroom
  • Thursday, October 17: Dartmouth's Energy Landscape Through Students' Experiential Learning, presented by the Dartmouth Sustainability Corps Energy Team
    12:15 - 1 :15 p.m. | Fahey Hall, First Floor Commons
  • Thursday, October 31: Town of Hanover Energy Update, presented by Revers Center for Energy Executive Director April Salas
    12:15 - 1:15 p.m. | Occom Commons, Goldstein Hall
  • Thursday, November 14: Curtis Probst, Director of the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation and lecturer at Columbia University, "Financing the Clean Energy Transition and the Role of State and Local Green Banks." 
    12 - 1 p.m. | Tuck, Rosenwald Classroom


Fall 2019 Energy 101 Dates and Topics

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


2018-2019 DEC Events

Summer 2018

07/19/2018: DEC Lunch: "Climbing the Learning Curve: Student Experiences with Energy Sector Internships

Fall 2018

09/18/2018: Energy 101 Series: Big Picture Overview - What are "energy systems"? Why and how do we use energy?

09/20/2018: DEC Lunch: The Year Ahead in Energy & Society

09/25/2018: Energy 101 Series: "Legacy" Energy Systems, Energy Resources, Regional Differences

10/02/2018: Energy 101 Series: Bootstrapping Energy Fundamentals: Units, Conversions, Technologies

10/04/2018: DEC Lunch: Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Ratepayer Advocacy after Restructuring

10/09/2018: Energy 101 Series: How Electricity Systems Work: Policies, Organizations, Decision-making

10/16/2018: Energy 101 Series: Energy Economics: Energy Demand, Markets, & Paying for Energy

10/18/2018: DEC Lunch: Student Reflections: Dartmouth’s Energy Immersion Trip to New Hampshire, Vermont, and Quebec

10/23/2018: Energy 101 Series: Energy in Frontier Economies:  System Design

10/30/2018: Energy 101 Series: Panel of Industry Experts: Creating Tomorrow's Energy Systems

11/01/2018: DEC Lunch: Electric Vehicles in Norway: Policy and Implementation Lessons

11/06/2018: Energy 101 Series: Big Picture: What's Next?

11/13/2018: Energy 101 Series: End of Series Celebration! 

11/15/2018: DEC Lunch

Winter 2019

01/10/2019: DEC Lunch: The Social Cost of Nuclear Power

01/24/2019: DEC Lunch: Student Reflections: Energy Immersion Trip to the Gulf Coast

02/07/2019: DEC Lunch: Students in the Field – Irving Institute Mini-Grant Reports

02/21/2019: DEC Lunch: Sizing and Siting Energy Storage for Distribution Circuits

03/07/2019: DEC Lunch: Assessing and Mitigating the Risk of Cascading Blackouts

Spring 2019

03/28/2019: DEC Lunch: Towards a Sustainable Energy Future

04/11/2019: DEC Lunch: Tuck Revers Fellows Examine Puerto Rico’s Energy Recovery

04/25/2019: DEC Lunch: Great Issues in Energy: The Future of Energy in the US

05/09/2019: DEC Lunch: Student Reflections: Energy Immersion Trip to Appalachia

05/23/2019: DEC Lunch: Dr. Paulina Jaramillo

2017-2018 Events

Winter 2018

01/11/2018: DEC Lunch: Building as a Research Tool

01/25/2018: DEC Lunch: Energy Extraction in the Arctic

02/08/2018: DEC Lunch: Re-Envisioning the Car of the Future 

02/22/2018: DEC Lunch: Libraries and the Available Energy Resources

03/22/2018: DEC Lunch: Energy Conversations and Updates from the Irving Institute 

Spring 2018 

04/05/2018: DEC Lunch: The Dartmouth Energy System: An Opportunity for Hot Projects!

04/19/2018: DEC Lunch: District Energy at Dartmouth - and in the Ivy League

04/24/2018: Public Talk: Multi-Level Architectures of Energy Resilience (video)

04/26/2018: Panel Discussion: Energy, Disaste, and Resilience (video)

05/10/2018: DEC Lunch: Student Reflections: Dartmouth's Energy Immersion Trip to Appalachia

05/17/2018: DEC Lunch: Field Experiments in Residential Energy Conservation (Powerpoint presentation)

05/31/2018: DEC Lunch: Energy Innovation in Emerging Economies