Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society Dedication

President Hanlon speaks at the formal dedication of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society.

Good morning!  Thanks for being with us to celebrate a truly great day for Dartmouth as we dedicate the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society.

I'm joining you "live" from the end of Tuck Drive, inside the spectacular new home of the Irving Institute.  We're grateful to have hundreds of you with us virtually, including a strong contingent in Saint John, New Brunswick Canada, as well as guests from all 50 states and more than 15 countries across three continents.

Over the next half hour, you'll hear from many of the individuals who have played a fundamental role in developing this bold idea and bringing it to fruition.  We'll introduce you to features of the new facility as well as the students and faculty whose work it will enable.  And we'll make history by formally dedicating this state-of-the-art facility as it is officially transferred from the construction teams to the Board of Trustees.

At the start of my presidency, I asked our campus community to be aspirational, to consider our strengths and think about where we could have outsized impact for a College of our size…where our propensity for interdisciplinary collaboration is a strategic advantage…and where our scope of work could be amplified with the right focus, infrastructure and investment. 

The challenge of energy rose to the forefront.

So, to be standing here as we dedicate this outstanding new facility is a moment of pride and a moment to treasure.

This incredible new building is a physical manifestation of our distinctive vision for this Institute as we strive to develop a sustainable global energy system for our future. There is no more consequential or complex challenge needing the full intellectual resources of our extended community more.
 
As the largest Institute at Dartmouth and the only one seated squarely at the crossroads of Arts & Sciences, the Tuck School of Business, and the new Center for Engineering and Computer Science, I know it will serve as the world-class hub of collaboration and experimentation that all of us envisioned. 

Today is a day of gratitude and we thank everyone who brought us to this moment, including and especially 
Dartmouth friend and parent, Arthur L. Irving, whose lifelong dedication to education, environmental stewardship, and leadership in the energy industry has been an inspiration to us all.

Gail and I started to dream big about Dartmouth's contribution to the energy transition on long walks with Arthur, his wife Sandra, and their daughter, Sarah, in the ancient forests of maritime Canada. 

So to Arthur, Sandra, Sarah and all of the donors and members of the Dartmouth community whose support has helped make the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society possible: thank you!  Every gift, large and small, is meaningful to the Institute and to Dartmouth's ability to positively impact the world.

With the building slated to open in January 2022, we look forward to a new year filled with hope, optimism and a shared commitment to our planet and its people. 

Thank you all, again, for being here and for celebrating this historic day with us.

CLOSING

I cannot wait to welcome students, faculty, and staff into the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society's new home this winter. 

And come spring, I'll be equally excited to invite the larger Dartmouth community – including alumni, parents, and friends – to visit the Institute during the grand opening of our entire West End. 
 
So, mark your calendars for May 19th to 22nd for what promises to be an outstanding weekend full of celebratory events. It will feature distinguished speakers and leaders, experiential learning opportunities, networking, family activities, and so much more. 

Thank you all, again, for participating in today's dedication and for the efforts and support of all who contributed to the incredible Irving Institute, including and especially Arthur Irving and the entire Irving family. 

I couldn't be more excited about all it will provide to Dartmouth students, faculty, the community and the world.

We wish you a happy, healthy holiday season and a prosperous new year ahead.