Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

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The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) is a University Research Center whose mission is to foster and grow energy-related research toward sustainable and affordable energy solutions, to support energy-related education and outreach throughout the Notre Dame and surrounding communities, and to influence the national and global discussions of the most pressing energy policy issues and questions of our time. ND Energy plays a pivotal role in developing new and improved energy technologies and systems and focuses on developing engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and social scientists to be leaders in their disciplines and literate in the systems of energy production and use. 


Author Gwyneth Cravens to lecture on nuclear energy on Oct. 6

September 30, 2015

Gwyneth Cravens

Gwyneth Cravens, an American author and journalist who is best known for her writings on nuclear power as a safe and reliable alternative energy source and as an essential preventive of global warming, will present a lecture titled “Can We Save the World with Nuclear Energy?" at 4 p.m. Tuesday (Oct 6) at Washington Hall Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Theologian and environmental ethicist Christiana Peppard to deliver 2015 Bernie Clark Lecture

September 28, 2015

Christiana Peppard

Theologian and fresh water ethics expert Christiana Peppard will deliver the annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C., Lecture on Catholic Social Tradition at 7 p.m. Monday (Sept. 28). The lecture will be held in Andrews Auditorium of Geddes Hall and is open to the public.

Rev. Jenkins: Pope Francis calls Americans to 'live up to the highest ideals of our nation'

September 28, 2015

President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., shakes hands with Pope Francis in Rome. Photo courtesy Vatican Photo Office

During his historic visit to the United States, on Thursday morning (Sept. 24) Pope Francis delivered the first-ever papal address to members of Congress and an audience that included Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame.

Father Jenkins, who traveled to Washington, D.C., to greet Pope Francis at the White House, said that the pontiff called on Americans to challenge themselves to live up to their ideals.

Faculty experts comment on Pope's visit to the United States

September 28, 2015

Pope Francis

Joseph Kaboski, professor of economics; Kathleen Sprows Cummings, director of Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism; and Richard W. Garnett, professor of law, reflect on what Pope Francis’ visit and Junipero Serra’s canonization mean to the Church, politicians and America.

EPA administrator speaks on the urgency of environmental protection at Notre Dame

September 28, 2015

Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, speaks at a news conference at the Morris Inn

Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), describes action against climate change as a moral obligation and praised the University of Notre Dame’s recent commitment to eliminate use of coal by 2020 as an example of an institution “putting its investments where its values are.”

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Notre Dame Power Plant Tours (11:00 am & 12:00 pm)

Thu Oct 8, 2015 • 11:00AM - 1:00PM

This is one of Notre Dame’s best kept tour secrets. Learn how the campus gets its power and the amazing energy saving measures the University has taken in recent years.  Tours are limit...

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Energy Policy Forum: "Policy for a New Energy Future - Can Public and Private Sectors Unite to Fuel the Clean Economy?"

Thu Oct 8, 2015 • 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Public and private interests in the energy future of the United States are trying to push us in different directions. Panelists will offer insights into conflicting short-term and long-term energy...

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