Video: Scholar on Sustainability and Higher Education



University of Minnesota Professor Elizabeth Wilson gave the kickoff lecture of Dartmouth’s “Leading Voices in Energy, Sustainability, and Security” on July 11. In this video interview, Wilson talks about sustainability and higher education.

“I think that sustainability is one of the key cornerstones of how we are going to be educating our students in the future,” says Wilson. “It’s up to us as professors, as universities, to provide them the educational opportunities and training to really go out in the world and make a difference.”

Wilson, an associate professor of energy and environmental policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, gave a lecture titled “Wind: Turbines, Transmission and Integration.”

An expert on climate change, Wilson has worked for the Environmental Protection Agency and served as a Leopold Leadership Fellow at Stanford University. In 2009, she was a member of a U.S. and China delegation that studied carbon dioxide capture and storage.

Wilson researches how state, regional, and local policies, as well as geography, shape energy systems.

The “Leading Voices” series started in 2011. The first season, “Leading Voices in Politics and Policy,” brought national political figures, presidential candidates, and policymakers to campus. Last summer’s “Leading Voices in U.S. Foreign Policy” included talks with a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a former Defense Department official, and a retired Navy admiral. The “Leading Voices in Higher Education” series, part of the strategic planning process, featured visits from prominent figures in higher education and concluded this spring.

Keith Chapman