INITIATIVES

OUR GREEN FUTURE: THE SUSTAINABILITY ROAD MAP FOR DARTMOUTH

"President Hanlon has called on Dartmouth to play a leadership role in improving global sustainability and overcoming the challenges of climate change. The Sustainability Task Force has been charged with developing plans supportive of this goal. Although Dartmouth has substantially reduced campus energy use and made other significant advances over the last decade, we lag our peer institutions with respect to commitments, actions, and reporting in the sustainability domain. The best available science indicates that, in order to limit temperature rise to 2 degrees centigrade, greenhouse gas emissions must be decreased by at least 80% by 2050. Our report recommends principles, standards, and commitments in the areas of energy, waste and materials, water, food, transportation, and landscape and ecology. Energy is the largest contributor to Dartmouth's greenhouse gas emissions and is also the area where prior analysis best positions us to take action. We believe that providing 50% of campus energy from renewable sources by 2025 and 100% by 2050 is feasible. For campus operations other than energy, we recommend timelines for data gathering and goal-setting. Looking beyond campus operations, Dartmouth has opportunities to maximize our impact by initiatives involving integration of sustainability into our curriculum, out-of-classroom activities and research and scholarship. We believe that the tension between fiscal and operational constraints and sustainability imperatives is healthy. This tension focuses the tradeoffs and allows us to determine how we might gain the most benefit possible per unit of spending. Open discourse and continuous fine-tuning of our goals will allow our investments to produce the greatest possible impact, and enable us to build a model that can be sustained and replicated." From the Office of the President

LAUNCH OF THE ARTHUR L. IRVING INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY & SOCIETY

The Sustainability Office has worked with faculty and staff from Tuck, Thayer and the Arts and Sciences to support the launch of the new Irving Institute for Energy and Society at Dartmouth.

As part of their mission of interdisciplinary experiential learning, IIES is partnering with the Sustainability Office to pilot a learning immersion spring break trip that explores the changing landscape of the energy industry in Kentucky and West Virginia. Students will learn firsthand about energy extraction, energy policy, community development, and opportunities for future pathways in energy. Learn more about the purpose, plans, and design process of this trip in this article recently featured in The Dartmouth.  

FOOD WORKING GROUP ESTABLISHED

The charge of the Food Working Group is to provide leadership and direction for accomplishing the principles and goals outlined in the Food Section of the "Our Green Future Report," including outlining a campaign to educate the community about the environmental impacts of individual food choices.

DELIVERABLES

  • Outline and recommend a user education program that highlights the environmental impact of food choices and food waste.

    • Provide direction to a subgroup that will implement this program. 

  • Develop key principles for the Dartmouth Sustainable Food Standard.

  • An action plan that can be implemented by and with Dartmouth Dining Services to accomplish the Food Principles. This includes:

    • Develop a timeline and identify resources needed to adequately report on our food system and make progress towards goals.

MEMBERS

  • Anne Kapuscinski, co-chair: Professor of Environmental Studies; Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Sustainability Science

  • Rosi Kerr, co-chair: Director of Sustainability

  • Jenna Musco: Assistant Director of Sustainability

  • Susanne Freidberg: Professor of Geography

  • KC Wright: MS, RDN, LD, Staff Nutritionist

  • Jon Plozdik: Director of Dining Services

  • Gail Gentes: Assistant Director, Dartmouth for Life

  • Becka Warren: Valley Food & Farm Communications Coordinator, Vital Communities

  • Jenn Emond: Assistant Professor of Biomedical Data Science; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

  • Daniella Reichstetter: Executive Director of Entrepreneurship at the Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship; Adjunct Professor, Tuck School of Business

  • Kira Beaudette '18

  • Oliver Edelson '18

  • Kate Salamido ‘19

  • Catherine Rocchi ‘19

  • Paul Vickers ‘19

  • Hanover Vale ‘20

  • Sophie Neuhaus ‘20

TINY HOUSE PROJECT

The Sustainability Office and Dartmouth Organic Farm are part of the 2018-19 Experiential Learning Seed Grant projects, supported by the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning. This interdisciplinary team of students, faculty, researchers, and community members will collaborate to design, analyze, and build a tiny house at the Dartmouth Organic Farm. Tiny house design-build provides a context for the concepts related to architecture, sustainable design, renewable energy systems, efficiency, and construction learned in class and a tangible outcome. More importantly, it will result in the formation of a community that is interested in tackling issues related to energy, health, and the environment. The tiny house will serve as a pilot for future projects, will be used by researchers for continued data collection, and will be open to the public. The space is hoped to support continued community building across communities at the Dartmouth Organic Farm and will demonstrate a range of sustainable technologies.

 

PROJECT TEAM:

  • Vicki May, Professor of Engineering

  • Rosi Kerr, Director of Sustainability

  • Morgan Peach, PhD Candidate, Earth, Ecosystem, and Ecological Science

  • Benoit Cushman-Roisin, Professor of Engineering

  • Karolina Kawiaka, Senior Lecturer in Studio Art

  • Jack Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Studio Art, Thayer School Lecturer

  • Charles Sullivan, Professor of Engineering

  • Elizabeth Wilson, Director of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society, Professor

  • Christopher Carbone, Head Engineer at Bensonwood

  • Jenna Musco, Assistant Director of Sustainability

  • Laura Braasch, Program Manager of the Dartmouth Organic Farm

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