WELCOME LETTER TO INCOMING CLASS OF '26
Dear First Year,
Welcome to the sustainability community at Dartmouth! Creating positive change in the world is hard work that requires a strong community of support. For over 10 years, our staff has been building a sustainability community that works together with creativity, passion, and action to tackle the pressing sustainability challenges facing us today.
For those of you new to the scene, the Dartmouth Sustainability Office works to challenge and empower Dartmouth College and our students to engage with the intersectional human and environmental problems of a rapidly changing planet. We work collaboratively to create a just future via hands-on learning, building community, supporting research and teaching, and transforming campus operations.
The sustainability community is a broad and diverse group of students, faculty, staff, alums, and community members. We need you! No matter your identities, experience, or academic interests, YOUR ideas matter to us. Everyone has something to offer. We can’t make the world a better, more sustainable place unless our solutions are informed by everyone who is affected by those human and environmental challenges.
Students are an integral part of this work! Nearly all of our programs and initiatives were started by students identifying a need or opportunity, pitching an excellent idea, and following up to make it happen! From Dartmouth Bikes and the Sustainability Action Program to the Sustainable Living Center and the Dartmouth Organic Farm, students have been the driving force behind making these programs a reality. As a Dartmouth student, you will have the opportunity to change Dartmouth for the better and to help Dartmouth be a leader in sustainability. In short, Dartmouth will change you, and you will change Dartmouth.
Sound good to you? Great! We can't wait to get started.
From all of us in the Dartmouth Sustainability Office,
Rosi Kerr, Director of Sustainability
Laura Braasch, Assistant Director - Experiential Learning
Marcus Welker, Assistant Director - Operations
Jack Walker, Program Assistant - Organic Farm and Sustainable Action Program
SusTAINABILITY ACTION PROGRAM
The Sustainability Action Program (SAP) is focused on first years and is dedicated to enabling YOU to become an effective change agent. In SAP, you will get a chance to meet and interact with other first years, upperclass students and staff working on sustainability projects on campus.In a series of hands-on design thinking workshops and in-person community building events, the program will orient you within the Sustainability community at Dartmouth while working with other FIRST YEARS to make positive change.
**No sustainability experience needed!**
KICKOFF MEETING is Wed. September 14th @ 6pm in the Sustainability Office (Irving 180). PIZZA DINNER PROVIDED!
DARTMOUTH ENERGY ALLIANCE
The Dartmouth Energy Alliance is a collaborative group that welcomes students from a diverse array of backgrounds, interests, and experiences. Whether energy has always been your passion or you have just begun to think about these topics, we welcome you to join us on this journey of shared learning.
Visit their website for info on events and upcoming meetings.
DARTMOUTH ENERGY ALLIANCE
SusTAINABILITY OFFICE HOURS
We want to meet you!! A great way to get connected to what's going on in sustainability at Dartmouth is to drop by our weekly Sustainability Office hours every Wednesday from 12:30-2pm in our Student Sustainability Hub in Robinson 106. Everyone is welcome to drop in just to say hi and grab a yummy baked treat, chat about your awesome sustainability ideas, and meet other susty staff and students!
Got an idea? Noticed an opportunity for positive change? We want to hear about it and help you come up with a plan to take action!
Our student-run Farm Club organizes educational, social, and volunteer opportunities at the O Farm. Farm Club hosts 2-hour volunteer workdays several times a week in the spring, summer, and fall terms. We provide rides to and from all Farm Club events!
The Farm Club is open to any and all who are interested in getting involved. We encourage newcomers to join us for a meeting, volunteer day, or social event! The Organic Farm is a place that seeks to build inclusive community around food, agriculture, and our unique landscape. We seek to affirm and create space for people of all identities in our farm club and at the O Farm.
The Sunrise Movement is a youth climate justice movement that is advocating for a Green New Deal. The Green New Deal is a plan for a decade-long mobilization of the United States to overhaul our national infrastructure and help our ailing planet. It is also a plan to address multiple issues of inequality and injustice in our country today by creating jobs directly related to stopping climate change, the greatest existential threats ever faced by humanity, and implementing social programs to help all Americans, especially the poor and other marginalized peoples.
No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, these issues affect all of us. If you’re interested and want to help out, you’ll be happy to know that there is a Sunrise Movement hub specifically for Dartmouth!!
EXPLORE OUR COMMUNITY
This map is a true community collaboration, featuring places across campus and town that hold meaning for our students. Each place on the map and the blurb that accompanies it was submitted by a member of our student community to reflect the places that have made Hanover feel like home to them. Grab some buddies and see if you can find all of our favorite hidden Hanover gems!!