The Dartmouth Alumni Network & Big Green's Impact on a Green Future
My experiences this past week perfectly exemplify the strength and dedication of our alumni network and Dartmouth's level of involvement in the energy and environmental sectors. A little background: I'm the co-president of the Dartmouth Energy Alliance, a club focused on connecting undergraduate students interested in the energy sector. Last week, we hosted a panel discussion in a meeting this past week on finding a career in clean energy. One panelist was Dr. Amanda Graham, who currently serves as the Academic Director at the Irving Institute for Energy and Society. The two other panelists were Dartmouth alumni—one graduated in 1978 and the other graduated in 2019—but both work in the renewable energy financing/clean tech investment realms. The panelists all shared their personal career journeys, offered insightful advice to current students, and enthusiastically offered themselves as resources for future conversations about next steps post-Dartmouth.
I had previously chatted with the panelist who graduated in 1978, Mark Bernfeld. He continues to remain actively involved at Dartmouth, primarily through serving on the Board of the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship. He is passionate about helping Dartmouth students articulate their passions and connecting them to the right people. After only our second conversation, he put me in touch with another Dartmouth alumnus, currently responsible for leading Amazon's $2 billion Climate Pledge Fund. While this gentleman certainly has a packed schedule, he was willing to make the time to connect with a current Dartmouth student, share his background and experiences, and offer me some valuable guidance as I look to pursue a career at the intersection of corporate social responsibility and the renewable energy transition.
Here's one final example of Dartmouth alumni's eagerness to connect, and pivotal roles in the transition to a net zero future. My family friend is a filmmaker and has currently been collaborating with a Dartmouth '73, whose financial holdings firm is shifting toward a focus on investing in emerging renewable technologies. He, like Mark, continues to feel connected to the Dartmouth community. When my family friend mentioned that I went to Dartmouth and was interested in the energy sector, this alum was eager to get to know me. Now, we'll all be getting lunch together in December!
Whether through highlighting potential job or internship opportunities, serving as guest lecturers in classes, or even just offering some life advice on a Zoom panel discussion, Dartmouth alumni are dedicated to the College and want to support current students in the way they were supported.