Minnesota professor to head Dartmouth energy policy center
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A Minnesota environmental policy professor has been chosen to lead a new Ivy League energy policy center funded by a fossil fuel conglomerate-owning family.
Elizabeth Wilson, who has a doctorate in engineering in public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, was announced as the director of the Arthur L. Irving Institute of Energy and Society by Dartmouth College administrators Monday. The Valley News reports Wilson will also join the college faculty when she starts work in September.
Wilson was a 2015 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. According to Dartmouth's website and announcement of Wilson's appointment, she "researched how policies and institutions are co-evolving and responding to climate change by incorporating new technologies into existing energy systems at the Danish Technical University."
The unveiling of the Irving Institute last fall prompted both praise from advocates of energy policy research and criticism from environmentalists who felt that the center's mission was undermined by the source of its funding — the family behind Irving Oil.
Dartmouth reported that the Irving Institute launched with a "lead gift of $80 million."
In an online statement through Dartmouth, Wilson said "she sees the institute as an incubator, “a space to explore nascent ideas and introduce different ways of thinking about old problems."