Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

2008 Events

December 3, 2008 - 8:00 p.m.

Trash to Class: A Green Fashion Show

LaFortune Ballroom

Students and members of the Notre Dame community will learn about how to conserve resources and why more sustainable habits are important (and in vogue), while male and female models demonstrate eco-friendly outfits made from recycled fabrics. Select items will be on silent auction after the show.

Admission: $5 (Tickets on sale at the LaFortune Box Office)

Proceeds will benefit the Majora Carter Fund: Sustainable South Bronx


December 1, 2008
"What an Engineer Has Learned About Oil Trading"
Dr. Jeffrey C. Kantor
8:00 p.m., 136 DeBartolo Hall
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November 21, 2008

Graduate Research Symposium

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

McKenna Hall (2nd Floor)

The Graduate Research Symposium will showcase the exemplary work of Notre Dame graduate students to the University community. Participants will interact with graduate students and learn about the innovative work they complete during their tenure at Notre Dame. Research will be displayed from all divisions of The Graduate School with a special division dedicated to the topic of this year's Notre Dame Forum on Sustainable Energy. All are welcome. For more information, visit

November 6, 13, 20, 2008

UND Downtown Lunch and Learn Eco Film Series

12:05 p.m., Notre Dame Downtown Crossroads Gallery

The University of Notre Dame’s Downtown Lunch and Learn Eco Film Series will kick off Thursday (Nov. 6) at the Notre Dame Downtown Crossroads Gallery, 217 S. Michigan St., South Bend, with the film “Six Degrees Could Change the World.” The screening begins at 12:05 p.m. and is free and open to the public. “Six Degrees Could Change the World” challenges its viewers to rethink the potential disaster of global warming. Alec Baldwin narrates the 90-minute film that was produced by National Geographic. MPA Architects, Notre Dame’s Office of Community Relations, and WVPE 88.1 are sponsoring the November series which includes three films. The remaining Eco Film screenings are “Human Footprint,” a look at how much a single life affects the planet on Nov. 13, and “The 11th Hour,” a film about the permanent footprint that all humans leave on the planet on Nov. 20. All screenings are scheduled to take place in the Crossroads Gallery at 12:05 p.m.

October 8, 2008

Sen. Richard Lugar toured the Notre Dame Energy Center and spoke with students and faculty about their energy-related research at Notre Dame. Senator Lugar then made a campus-wide presentation at 3:00 pm in Washington Hall on "Energy Security and U.S. Foreign Policy." During the presentation, he presented GreeND, a University of Notre Dame student organization, with the Energy Patriot Award, which honors a student, professional, scholar or member of the business community who has demonstrated leadership and initiative in taking concerete action to improve America's energy security. For more information, see 10/2/08 and 10/16/08 news announcements.

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September 17 - 23, 2008

2nd Annual

Sponsored by the Notre Dame Energy Center and its Student Advisory Board

View the schedule, watch the Quad Display video, learn about some of the results, and then relax and take the energy quiz!

Schedule of Events

Energy Week Video


Take the Energy Quiz



Sizes S, M, L, XL are still available. See Barb at 165A Fitzpatrick Hall.

(front and back design)

September 24, 2008

The 2008 Notre Dame Forum, Charting a Sustainable Energy Future, 3:00 pm, Joyce Center Arena.


May 30, 2008

Alumni Reunion Weekend Energy-related Seminars

Solar Energy—Beyond the Hype
Prashant V. Kamat, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
9:00 to 10:00 a.m., DeBartolo Hall, Room 131

The increasing energy demand is forcing us to seek environmentally clean alternative energy resources. Major breakthroughs in developing economically viable solar devices are necessary to sustain the lifestyle of 6.5 billion people worldwide. Are we ready for the change? Sponsored by the College of Engineering.

Green: The Verb Sustainability on Campus
George Oser, PhD ‘58
10:15 to 11:15 a.m., DeBartolo Hall, Room 131

Explore the current and future of sustainability on campus. Estimating the campus carbon footprint now and setting a goal for 2020. Weaving into a whole cloth efforts by the administration, faculty, students and alums to increase sustainability through behaviors, technology and cost control using information from peer universities.

Is There Really an Energy Crisis?
Edward J. Maginn, Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
3:00 to 4:00 p.m., McKenna Hall/CCE, Auditorium
Are we running out of energy? Where does our energy come from? What does the future hold? These and other energy-related topics will be explored.


March 14, 2008
Cook Power Plant Tour

Members of the ND Energy Center Student Advisory Board toured the Cook Nuclear Power Plant.