EcoVate is a 6 week program sophomores and junior sustainability leaders with Design Thinking skills and teaches them to apply those skills to solving sustainability challenges. The program closes with a final design challenge connected to sustainability at Dartmouth. Ecovate was started in 2014 in response to feedback from students who wanted new tools to tackle persistent problems. Design Thinking methodology is a concrete tool that is well suited to sustainability challenges. The Sustainability Office listened and created EcoVate. The program consists of weekly sessions of discussion-based learning and action prompts, which give students the chance to collaborate with peer sustainability leaders. Past student EcoVate challenges have focused on increasing engagement at the Organic Farm, increasing inclusivity and diversity, building sustainability into the living learning experience on campus, reducing waste, and improving bike culture. The series culminates in a final presentation to campus administrators. Not only does Ecovate help our students expand their leadership skills, it also generates an awesome list of new ideas for the Sustainability Office and other Offices on campus to try out! The creativity and passion of EcoVators continues to amaze us: it helps shift mindsets and to illuminate holistic yet practical ways of solving problems we face each and every day!


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Dartmouth Sustainability Office

Dartmouth College

Hinman Box 6182

Hanover, NH 03755