Dartmouth College

Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society

Partnering to meet the energy needs of the future

From classrooms to career building, Irving Oil invests in education to help build stronger communities in the markets we serve and to find solutions to global challenges facing the energy industry now and in the future.

In 2016, Irving Oil and the Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation pledged a combined $80-million US gift to Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH to advance the understanding and knowledge of energy and its intersection with society.

The gift led to the establishment of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society. Through educational programming, research funding, and the engagement of campus and community partners, the institute connects faculty and students to examine complex energy systems within the context of emerging societal needs.

Since it was created, the institute has accomplished much, from providing research seed grants to launching a series of energy-themed programs.

"The Irving Institute has grown quickly to enhance education, research, and engagement on critical issues at the interface of energy and society," says institute Director, Elizabeth Wilson.

In October 2020, the future home of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society reached an important construction milestone with the installation of the final steel beam. It is one step closer to offering an enhanced learning environment that will inspire new ideas and innovations at the intersection of energy and society. This three-story, energy-efficient building signifies the forward-looking vision of Irving Oil’s partnership with Dartmouth and is expected to be ready for occupancy by the fall term of 2021. It will seek LEED platinum certification.


“We can’t wait to see what great ideas unfold in this new space as students look to address challenges and opportunities in transforming today’s energy systems to meet the needs of the future,” says Sarah Irving, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer at Irving Oil.