Energy Seminars

Fall 2021 Series

Building a Resilient, Sustainable Future: Perspectives on Buildings and Energy

The construction and operation of residential and commercial buildings represent about 40 percent of energy consumption in the US and globally. Despite steady growth in renewable energy generation, fossil fuels -- oil, natural gas, and coal -- make up the lion's share of energy production (and carbon emissions) in the world. Additionally,  according to International Energy Agency Director Fatih Birol, "over the next 40 years, the world is expected to build 230 billion square metres in new construction – adding the equivalent of Paris to the planet every single week." Therefore, how we build, where we build, and how we operate our homes and commercial buildings are critical considerations in averting the worst effects of climate change. 

This fall, join the Dartmouth Energy Collaborative for a lunchtime Energy Seminar Series as we explore the impact, challenges, and opportunities that the construction and operation of the built environment presents for a warming world. We'll learn about the current status of the Dartmouth campus, explore the approaches other colleges have taken to sustainable building and efficiency, look at the Empire State Building retrofit project, hear about the tools available to move the needle, and wind up the series with a  tour of the new, highly efficient Irving Institute building. 

All sessions will take place over Zoom. Session details and registration links are below. 

Past Talks