Initiatives Across Campus

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Sustainability Solutions Café


~ solution-oriented conversations with innovative sustainability practitioners over snacks and refreshments ~

"West Virginia's Love Affair with Coal"

Featuring Dr. Jeremy Richardson, Kendall Fellow in Clean Energy Innovation at the Union of Concerned Scientists. This was a follow-up event to the class of 2016 summer reading, , by Ann Pancake - an interactive lecture and informal discussion over a plate of spaghetti cooked by students going on the Tucker Foundation's Alternative Spring Break to West Virginia.

Coming Up: Café with Dr. James McCarthy

Monday, April 22nd, 3pm, Fairchild Tower

More information on upcoming Cafés and how to nominate future speakers available here!

Undergraduate Sustainability Minor

Dartmouth now offers a new undergraduate sustainability minor. The minor was created through a collaborative, interdisciplinary process that engaged faculty, instructors, staff, and undergraduate students from across campus – Environmental Studies, Biology, Anthropology, Thayer School of Engineering, Computer Science, and Studio Art.

The new Sustainability Minor Track teaches students to understand and tackle real-world sustainability problems in our local communities and globally across the world. Many trends in our society are unsustainable, from population growth, land degradation, and resource consumption to climate change and biodiversity losses. Charting a path to a sustainable futures is perhaps the greatest challenge of our age. Dartmouth’s new sustainability curriculum equips students with the knowledge and practical skills to understand diverse perspectives on sustainability, and work collaboratively with peers and experts from different fields.

Students may now officially declare a “Sustainability Minor” under the environmental studies minor program or could adapt this Sustainability Track into the guiding focus of their Environmental studies major.

More information on the minor and resources for students available through the Environmental Studies Website

New Courses on Sustainability


In addition to the new minor, faculty in a variety of departments are continuously pursuing new strategies for integrating valuable, real-world skill-sets into the curriculum and academic experiences of Dartmouth students in a variety of disciplines. This past year, several professors developed new courses focused on sustainability problem-solving in a real-world context. Both courses are offered within the Environmental Studies department.

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Professor David Peart leads students in a simulation of climate change negotiations in ENVS 53: "Science for Sustainable Systems".

In addition, the Environmental Studies Program, now offers an overhauled version of ENVS 3: “Environment and Society: Towards Sustainability.” The course now offers a truly interdisciplinary examination of local to global sustainability challenges. Students learn resilience thinking, an emerging body of theory and practice in sustainability science, which they apply to a long-term project that uses scenario thinking to envision a more sustainable future for the college. In Spring 2011, ENVS 3 collaborated with “Science for Sustainable Systems” (Professor Peart), “Environmental Problem Analysis and Policy Formulation” (Professor Bolger), and Sustainability Office Director, Rosi Kerr, to develop projects that would contribute to the college wide Sustainability Strategic Planning Process. Students produced new analyses, from Dartmouth’s capacity to meet energy, food and transportation needs under different future scenarios to surveying department chairs’ perspectives on sustainability learning, and then developed targeted recommendations

Finally, a number of courses in departments outside the Environmental Studies Program have integrated sustainability projects into their curriculums. In Fall 2010, Studio Art 66: Architecture II selected Professor Kapuscinski as their client for a four-week design module. The students designed visualizations of potential plans for converting Dartmouth’s Organic Farm site into a 21st century Sustainability Education and Research Center. Several students in this class went on to develop a semi-professional package of visuals and a digital video tour of proposed designs. Fall 2011, the students are working on designing a sustainable chicken-coop for Rosi Kerr, Sustainability Office Director.

Click here to download the Architecture students' report.