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Dartmouth decarbonization plan preps students for climate-related future

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Monday, June 17, 2024   

Officials at Dartmouth College say a massive campus decarbonization project will serve as a real-world classroom for students interested in sustainability.

The school is investing an initial $500 million to overhaul its aging heating infrastructure, with a goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

Dartmouth Sustainability Director Rosi Kerr said students today expect their schools to be climate-friendly spaces.

"We can view everything," said Kerr, "including this massive infrastructural change, through the lens of 'how might we leverage this as an educational opportunity for our students,' and really engage them in a process that's going to have to happen all over the world."

Kerr said some students will get hands-on experience with the various technologies required for the campus energy transition, while others will study the cultural and community impacts of the growing green economy.

Dartmouth is betting big on sustainability, and the decarbonization project is the school's largest infrastructural investment in its more than 250 year history.

School officials have set an initial goal of reducing emissions by 60% by 2030, and are adding initiatives to reduce energy consumption and improve energy efficiency.

Kerr said students see the need to prepare for a climate-impacted future.

"And also see a huge amount of opportunity in tackling climate change," said Kerr, "who see that there's going to be many jobs associated with the transition from our current ways of doing things to lower carbon ways of doing things."

Research shows the number of renewable-energy and environmental jobs grew by more than 200% over the last five years, and that demand for workers with green skills will already surpass the available worker supply by 2026.

Support for this reporting was provided by Lumina Foundation.






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