Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Student Energy Board 2016 Update

ND Energy is excited to welcome the core leaders of the new Student Energy Board to the ND Energy team. They are Justin Blake, Peter Chiang, Jessica Cioffi, Ellen Londergan, Marlena Fernandez, Marc Gazda, Sarah Jen, Ethan Kovar, Kevin Weaver, Patricia Kay, Tansy Wang, and Yilong “Ray” Yang. These students, along with a broader team of board members, have already made a huge impact on energy education and awareness both on campus for other students and throughout the local community.

The Student Energy Board (SEB) for 2016 is hoping to expand its presence on campus beyond the traditional Energy Week it organizes each fall. Since forming in January, it has been involved with bringing outreach education to the Boys and Girls Club of St. Joseph County, judging the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair, recruiting at Majors Night and the Energy Studies Minor Night, working with the Office of Sustainability on Earth Hour and Glow-in-the-Dark Frisbee on the Quad, organizing What’s It Really Like?—Energy Research at ND, bringing 100 third graders from Madison Primary Center to campus for the day, and participating in the Earth Day Sustainability Fair.

Before planning next fall’s Energy Week, members of the board developed and administered a survey of potential topics to determine campus interest. Nearly one-hundred responses showed that the top five student interests revolve around solar power, sustainable energy and social responsibility, the future of nuclear in the United States, energy solutions in the developing world, and the future of energy on the Notre Dame campus.

In order to pursue a bigger impact on campus and beyond, a new, more fluid organizational structure exists for board members. The main committees are led by teams of core leaders with backup assistants and a broader pool of interested students to draw from for events that require more hands. The committees include Community Outreach, Community Engagement, Spring Event, Student Interest Survey, Campus Engagement, Communications Team, and Energy Week.

According to Barbara Villarosa, Administrative Services Program Manager, “The Student Energy Board is key to our infrastructure and is the link to the student population interested in energy.” All of the new activities being initiated by SEB ’16 are an indication that they are providing a strong link.