The following excerpt is from the website of The Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society:
In September 2015, President Hanlon '77 appointed a task force to study the possibility of creating an institute focused on the challenges posed by energy. Dr. Elizabeth J. Wilson, a Professor of Environmental Studies, serves as the inaugural director of the institute.
Task force members included Christopher Levey, an associate professor of engineering at Thayer School of Engineering; Jay Hull, associate dean of the faculty for the social sciences; F. Jon Kull, dean of the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies; Michael Zubkoff, professor of health economics and management at the Tuck School of Business and director of the MD/MBA program at Dartmouth; Ross Virginia, director of Dartmouth’s Institute of Arctic Studies and the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Studies; and Robert Hansen, the Norman W. Martin 1925 Professor of Business Administration at Tuck.
Arthur L. Irving, along with his wife, Sandra Irving, and their daughter, Sarah Irving ’10, Tuck ’14— generously agreed to support Dartmouth's efforts to take on the broader energy and society challenge - resulting in the creation of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society.
Today the institute aspires to be the world’s premier institute for transforming humankind’s understanding of energy issues, and driving the creation of ideas, technologies, and policies that improve the availability and efficient use of energy for all people. The Institute is designed to be a hub of vibrant collaboration, engaging faculty, students, and staff from across all academic disciplines, as well as outside experts worldwide, and preparing the next generation of experts who will address the most pressing North American and global energy challenges.
Dr. Elizabeth J. Wilson (pictured above), a Professor of Environmental Studies, serves as the inaugural director of the institute.