Energy Immersion Trips

The Energy Immersion Trips program is sponsored by IIES and the 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 the U.S. 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, watch dog 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.”

2018-2019 Energy Immersion Trips

SPRING BREAK 2019 TRIP OVERVIEW: Appalachia Fact Sheet 2019

(MARCH 14 - MARCH 24)

The Sustainability Office and Irving Institute for Energy & Society are seeking applicants for our next Energy Immersion trip to Appalachia over Spring Break. This trip looks at the impacts of energy extraction in this region and explores the intersection between energy, health, culture, and economics. It is a powerful and impactful trip. You can read more about last year’s trip to Appalachia in this article from Dartmouth News. Additionally, last year’s students created a blog about their experiences here. 

Apply to the Spring Break 2019 Immersion Trip here.  Deadline to apply is December 30th!


WINTERIM 2018 TRIP OVERVIEWThe Heart of America’s Energy: Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana 


The Winterim 2018 Energy Immersion trip will bring Dartmouth students to an area of the country that is as controversial as it is critical for supplying America’s energy needs as we know them. Texas is the country’s leading producer of crude oil, natural gas, wind power, and total electricity, while Louisiana happens to consume more energy per capita than any other state. This trip has been designed to explore the systems, infrastructure, and geological features that have allowed these southern states to become two of the most critical players in the energy sector. Throughout the journey, we will visit sites and hear from energy industry stakeholders about environmental and societal health challenges, the global impacts of our energy needs, and the economics, politics, and engineering that govern the way that our country’s energy systems operate. Students will be challenged to think critically about how energy systems adapt and respond to a rapidly changing planet with an ever-increasing demand for energy. CLICK HERE LEARN MORE!


More information coming soon about 2019 Summer trip!