The Energy Immersion Trips program is a collaboration between the Sustainability Office and the Irving Institute for Energy and Society that 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.


GULF COAST ENERGY IMMERSION: December 3rd-15th, 2022

The Heart of America’s Energy: Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana 

The Gulf Coast 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.

WHEN: December 3rd-15th, 2022


WHERE: Houston, Tx ---> New Orleans, LA, Traveling along the Gulf Coast


HOW TO APPLY: Applications are due SUNDAY, September 25th. Apply via the link below!

COST: We subsidize the cost of the trip (about a $1300 value) so the cost to you is only $250. This covers all on the ground travel expenses, programming, housing, and food for the entire duration of the trip. You will be responsible for travel expenses of flight to Houston, TX (starting point) and from New Orleans, LA (ending point). Financial aid is available. Cost will not be a barrier to participation in this program. If you’re worried about the cost, please apply and we will work with you to make the trip possible!



Apps due Friday, September 16th


Trip Leader Applications are due Friday, September 16th, by 10 PM. Interviews with applicants will be held as needed on Monday, September 19th. 

We are seeking leaders from diverse backgrounds and with a range of extracurricular and academic interests. Previous involvement with sustainability, energy energy systems, earth sciences, health, or environmental justice work is not required. Ideal leaders will:


  • Be willing, ready, and excited to learn about the energy industry from multiple perspectives and through various social, economic, and political lenses

  • Be flexible, willing to go with the flow, able to put the group’s needs before their own wants, but also able to communicate when their needs aren’t being met

  • Be emotionally present and open-minded to hearing different points of view and having dialogue across difference

  • Be able to commit time to both attending the trip over winterim, but also attending education sessions to prepare for the experience weekly during fall term, starting week of October 3rd.

  • Be able to meet during the Fall 2022 term to discuss trip logistics and begin to meet trip attendants

  • Be very responsible with decision making and create an exciting and welcoming atmosphere for trip attendants


Natural Resource Extraction, Health, and Local Economies in Appalachia


This is a hands-on learning opportunity to understand the processes of energy extraction in Appalachia as well as the sociopolitical, environmental, and economic impacts of fossil fuel extraction and the possibilities of integrating renewable energy. This trip will also explore locally-based efforts for community and economic empowerment and revitalization. 

I encourage you to check out the Appalachia immersion trip blog and our immersion trip video to learn more! 

WHEN: Spring Break, 2023

WHERE: Various locations in Kentucky and West Virginia

HOW TO APPLY: Application will be available soon, stay posted!

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