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Energy is vital to modern life – it enables health care, education, industry, economy, transportation, clean water, and simple everyday comfort and activities. In some regions and for some populations it is so ubiquitous that it is taken for granted – while in other areas, the absence or high cost of energy limits social productivity and community well-being.
At the same time, modern energy systems are the major contributing factor to climate change and its increasingly devastating effects.
Energy systems around the world are being transformed. Students minoring in Sustainable Energy from all majors will pursue a multidisciplinary course of study, grounded in environmental and social sustainability, to learn how to foster transitions toward energy futures that are both more just and more environmentally responsible.
Requirements for the ENVS Sustainable Energy Track Minor (6 courses total)
I. Environmental Fundamentals (one course): grounding in environmental studies or environmental science, and introduction to sustainability
II. Climate change and its role in energy transitions (one course): foundation in climate science and how climate change impacts society
III. What is sustainable energy? (one course): orientation to energy as a sociotechnical phenomenon; background in legacy energy systems; introduction to energy transitions and pathways to just and sustainable energy futures
IV. Analyzing and addressing energy and society challenges (two courses): exploration of multiple approaches to characterizing energy problems and pursuing solutions
V. Application experience: Advancing transitions to sustainable and just energy systems (one course): Mentored experience applying sustainable energy knowledge and crafting stakeholder-driven response
Students wishing to do the Sustainable Energy Track in the Environmental Studies Minor should complete the worksheet below and send it to Kim.Wind@Dartmouth.edu.
Click here for Sustainable Energy Track Minor FAQ's.
Click here to go to the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society. The Institute is a resource for both undergraduate and graduate students, providing opportunities to study the intersection of energy and society comprehensively, from the perspective of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. IIES will help train the next generation of leaders who will seek solutions to the challenges posed by the world's energy needs.
Many trends in our society are unsustainable, from population growth, land degradation, and resource consumption to climate change and biodiversity losses. How can we chart a path to sustainable futures? This sustainability transition is perhaps the greatest challenge of our age.
Do you want to understand and tackle real-world sustainability problems in our communities and the world? Dartmouth's new sustainability curriculum will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills to understand diverse perspectives on sustainability, and work collaboratively with peers and experts from different fields.
Students wishing to do the Environmental Studies Sustainability Track minor should complete the worksheet below and submit to Kim Wind at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for Sustainability Track Minor FAQs.