Hanlon announces creation of new energy institute

by The Dartmouth Senior Staff | 9/16/16 12:48pm

College President Phil Hanlon announced the creation of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society at the College in an email to campus this morning. The announcement comes a year after Hanlon appointed a task force to analyze the possibility for such an institute’s creation, with the goal of consolidating interdisclipinary resources at the College to solve the world’s most pressing energy problems.

The institute is named in honor of Arthur L. Irving with a foundational gift from Irving Oil and the Irving family foundation. Over $113 million in private gifts have been committed to the institute, out of $160 million the College plans to raise for it.

A second task force has been formed to conduct a search for an executive director of the center. The group is comprised Thayer School of Engineering professor Chris Levey, environmental studies professor Ross Virginia, Dartmouth Sustainability Project director Rosi Kerr, Revers Energy Initiative executive director April Salas, Rockefeller Center for Public Policy director Andrew Samwick, earth science professor Mukul Sharma and Tuck School of Business professors Bob Hansen and Erin Mansur.

The institute will be physically located between the Tuck and Thayer schools in front of the Murdough center.