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Environmental Studies Division

In the 1960s a new awareness was born in the DOC, that involvement and love of the out-of-doors could include more than recreational pursuits . 

Beehives at DOF

In 1969, a year before the EPA was established, the DOC formed its Environmental Studies Division to promote environmental education and activism and to properly steward the landscape that serves as the foundation for its pursuits. The club’s promotion of lower energy use and the establishment of the recycling and composting programs have driven the College’s environmental awareness and improved practices on campus over the past four and half decades. Members of ESD were influential in implementing a 1991 Environmental Studies 50 recommendation for the creation of the Dartmouth Organic Farm. In 1995 ESD members also established the first photovoltaic system at Dartmouth. In recent past the main purpose of the ESD is to nourish Dartmouth Organic Farm as a center for sustainability research, education, community building and outdoor recreation.


Grant Program

Grants are to be given to applying sub-club, organization or project deemed to be making a significant environmental impact or educational effort. Application must include a simple budget, short description of use of money, and name of person responsible for the use of funds. Funds not used for the specified project (or misused) will be returned to ESD. ESD will be allocating $1000 dollars worth of funds over every academic term. Funds will be divided according to the needs and quality of applications Projects may extend through multiple terms, but all funds must be used by the end of the academic year. A board of DOC directorate members will choose which applications receive funding. Applications will be reviewed a week after the deadline during a DOC directorate meeting, where the applicant will be asked to present and defend their application. Individuals will be notified of the board’s decision within a week following that meeting. A short reflection (~ 1-2 pages) will be required on completion of the project evaluating the efficacy of the project in terms of improving sustainability and commenting on what the applicant(s) has learned about sustainability issues through the execution of the project.

Here's a great story about a grant that was given out. 

General examples:

  • Water bottle fill-stations around campus
  • Organic/local food costs
  • Club feeds
  • Climbing ropes (environmentally friendly material)
  • Better material for shirts (bamboo, organic cotton)
  • Permaculture garden at the DOF

Co-sponsoring eventsearthweek

Co-sponsorship funds should aid another group in the hosting of an environmentally focused event or project.


  • Conservation on tap - Ledyard
  • SLC, Ecovores, DC3, ECO events, Big Green Bus, Dartmouth Bikes

Field trips

These outings should be of significant educational value to participants.


  • Series of on-campus workshops and field trips to learn about local food systems in the Upper Valley.
  • Trips to the Grant to learn about sustainable forestry.
  • Possible co-sponsorship of environmental conferences (ex. Powershift) or bringing environmental speakers to campus.



To apply for a grant, download this application and return it to the chair of ESD before the deadline each term (usually around the 4th week of term). 

Last Updated: 7/25/17