Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

2009 Events

Student Advisory Board Christmas Light Display
December 2009

The Notre Dame Energy Center Student Advisory Board created two light displays for the holiday season, demonstrating the energy efficiency of LEDs over incandescent light bulbs. The displays were hung in DeBartolo Hall and outside the Engineering Library in Fitzpatrick Hall.

The display is pictured below. Both wreaths are using about 7 watts of electricity. However, the LED wreath has 150 light bulbs while the incandescent wreath only has 2!

Santa knows when you waste energy. Get on Santa's Nice List this Christmas. Save energy by decorating with LED light bulbs.


Notre Dame Energy Center
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T. Boone Pickens to speak October 26 at Notre Dame
Energy executive T. Boone Pickens will conduct a town hall meeting to discuss his Pickens Plan for U.S. energy independence from imported oil at 5 p.m. Oct. 26 (Monday) at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame. Read more.


Science Lecture Series
"Shedding Light on a Hot Topic: Making Sense of Climate Change and Energy Use Through Basic Scientific Principles,"
presented by Seth Brown, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
October 24, 2009, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Jordan Hall of Science, Room 101


The 3rd Annual Notre Dame Energy Week will be held September 13-19, 2009 on the campus of Notre Dame. Energy Week 2009 is sponsored by the Notre Dame Energy Center, GreeND, and the Office of Sustainability.

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Quad Display and Event Sponsor - Company Information and Registration

Career Luncheon - Company Registration

Career Luncheon - Student Regisration is now CLOSED


GE-Sponsored Visit to Grand Ridge Wind Farm and LaSalle Nuclear Power Plant -- LOOK FOR FUTURE INFORMATION ABOUT ANOTHER VISIT THIS FALL.

April 18, 2009
Students from the University of Notre Dame attended the GE-sponsored visit to Grand Ridge Wind Farm near Ransom, Illinois and LaSalle Nuclear Power Plant near Marseilles, Illinois on Saturday, April 18, 2009.


Earth Hour
March 28, 2009 -- 8:30-9:30pm


Mark your calendar and plan to join millions of people around the world in turning off the lights at 8:30 p.m., March 28, 2009, for one hour to raise awareness and take action to fight climate change.


The Role of Combustion in Future Energy Scenarios
Dr. Charles Westbrook, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
3:30pm, McKenna Hall Auditorium
This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Applied Mathematics and is open to all faculty, students, and staff at the University of Notre Dame.


Michiana Area Engineers Week Celebration
Saturday, February 28, 2009
6pm, Windsor Park Conference Center

A panel of senior faculty from the University of Notre Dame will discuss the challenges of developing abundant and inexpensive energy sources that are not harmful to the environment. A Q&A session will follow. Faculty participants are: Dr. Prashant Kamat, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Dr. Ed Maginn, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; and Dr. Robert Nelson, Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.
Open to the Public -Event Price: $37.50 per person
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A discussion by Dr. Amitava Dutt and  Dr. Frank Incropera

Monday, February 23, 2009
8pm, 131 DeBartolo Hall

All Notre Dame graduate and undergraduate students are invited to a discussion on Balancing the Economy and the Environment by Dr. Amitava Dutt, Professor of Economics, and Dr. Frank Incropera, Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. Professors Dutt and Incropera will (1) discuss examples in which either environmental or economic considerations have won out in the past; (2) outline some of the current discussions taking place on these issues; and (3) attempt to lay out how they should be balanced in the future.