Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Energy Week 2010

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

The 2010 Notre Dame Energy Week will be held Friday, September 24, through Thursday, September 30. Now in its fourth year, Energy Week promises to offer a variety of education programs and events that are sure to attract the energy and environmentally interested members of the Notre Dame community.

Friday, September 24th  
4:00-6:30 p.m., Energy Week Kick-off, Irish Green.
Come to the Irish Green prior to the Pep Rally and kick-off Energy Week with the purchase of your 2010 Energy Week T-shirt and a game of “Go Fish”! Prizes and more. All are welcome.

Saturday, September 25th  
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Jordan Hall of Science, Energy Expo.
Prior to the home football game on Saturday, leading energy experts will speak on current energy topics beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Jordan Hall of Science (north entrance). At 12:00 (noon), adults and children of all ages will be invited to participate in energy related demonstrations and activities. Open to the general public and University students, faculty, staff and their guests. Co-sponsored by the College of Science.

  • 10:00 a.m., 101 Jordan Hall of Science
    "Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry"
    Dr. John Warner will discuss green chemistry and how it is used to reduce or eliminate the use and/or generation of hazardous substances in the design phase of materials development. Dr. Warner is the co-founder, President, Chief Technology Officer, and Chairman of the Board of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
  • 11:00 a.m., 101 Jordan Hall of Science
    "The Equinox House"
    Dr. Ty Newell will discuss this single family residence designed to have 100% of its annual energy requirements supplied by solar energy. He will also discuss the design, construction and cost for the Equinox House in addition to several unique features and technologies incorporated into the house. Dr. Newell is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. See "Equinox House" slide presentation.
  • 12:00 p.m., Galleria, Jordan Hall of Science
    Education and Outreach
    Experiments, demonstrations, and a special program by Dr. Amy Cannon, co-founder and Executive Director of Beyond Benign, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable science and specializes in curriculum development, outreach, education, and training.

Sunday, September 26th
7:30 p.m., Montgomery Auditorium, LaFortune Student Center, Film Screening: "The 11th Hour".
This 2007 (95 min.) documentary from well-known activist and actor Leonardo DiCaprio examines the state of the global environment with renewed energy in the wake of recent natural disasters. Included are interviews with over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss their visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet’s beleaguered ecosystems. Directed by Nadia Conners and Leila Conners. Refreshments and an informal discussion will follow the screening. Open to all University students, faculty and staff.

Monday, September 27th 
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., South Quad, Quad Display. 
Energy companies and organizations will fill the South Quad (near Fitzpatrick and Cushing Halls)and display their latest projects and newest technologies in sustainable energy. Participating companies and organizations are: GE; Midwest ISO; Indiana Department of Environmental Management; and Notre Dame's Office of Sustainability, Food Services, and student organizations GreeND and SEA. Open to all University students, faculty and staff.

5:00-6:00 p.m., Lower Level Dining Room of McKenna Hall, Energy Career Lecture.
Anthony Maiello, GM of Systems Engineering for GE Energy Services, will discuss career opportunities in the energy industry and what it takes to succeed! Registration is not required. Refreshments will be served. Open to all Notre Dame undergraduate and graduate students. See "GE Careers in Energy" slide presentation.

Tuesday, September 28th 
2:00-3:00 p.m., Notre Dame Power Plant Tour.
If you’ve never seen the inside of the Notre Dame Power Plant, then here’s your chance. See firsthand how the power is generated right here on campus to operate its facilities. Registration is required. Please email villarosa.2@nd.eduby Monday, September 27. Open to all University students, faculty and staff.

3:30-4:30 p.m., 102 DeBartolo Hall, Lecture: "Determination of Solar Energy Transition Potential ofDepartment of Defense Facilities and Non-Tactical Vehicles".
Mr. Ariel S. Castillo, Ph.D. Candidate at The George Washington University, and member of Operations Research, Business Transformation Agency, Department of Defense, will discuss current research that is being done to assist in solving climate and energy issues by determining energy demands of the DoD facilities and non-tactical vehicles that could be met by solar generation. In addition, the research includes the development of a decision model for a major transition by the DoD to solar energy technologies for its current operations. Open to all University students, faculty and staff. See GWU presentation slides.

7:30 p.m., Hesburgh Library Auditorium, Film Screening: “No Impact Man: The Documentary”.
This 2009 (93 min.) film follows the bold environmental project that Colin Beavan began to attempt to expunge his carbon footprint by giving up material consumption, electricity, non-local foods and basically all worldly pleasures in Manhattan for one full year – an inside look at the way this extreme idea effects Colin and his family. Directed by Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein. Refreshments and an informal discussion will follow the screening. Open to all University students, faculty, and staff.

Wednesday, September 29th 
7:30-8:30 p.m., 141 DeBartolo Hall, Lecture: "The Future of Alternative Energy".
Professors from the University of Notre Dame will discuss current research initiatives at Notre Dame in alternative energy sources followed with questions moderated by Patrick Murphy, Managing Director of the Notre Dame Energy Center and the Sustainable Energy Initiative. Speakers are: Joan Brennecke, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CO2 Capture and Geothermal); Seth Brown, Chemistry and Biochemistry (Solar); Peter Burns, Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences (Nuclear); Thomas Corke, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (Wind); Rob Nerenberg, Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences (Biofuels). Open to all University students, faculty and staff.

Thursday, September 30th 
2:00-4:00 p.m. (every 15 minutes), Geddes Hall Tour.

Visit the first building on campus to receive LEED Gold Certification – home of the Center for Social Concerns. Registration is not required. Open to all University students, faculty and staff.

5:00 p.m., Holy Cross Chapel, Stinson-Remick Hall, Closing Mass.Energy Week will conclude with a liturgical celebration of the week-long events to build awareness across campus about the importance of creating a sustainable energy future. Please join Fr. Tom Streit and the Notre Dame Energy Center Student Advisory Board. Open toall University students, faculty and staff.

9:30 p.m., Legends of Notre Dame, Trivia Night.
Join Notre Dame graduate and undergraduate students in a delightful evening of trivia. Test your knowledge of current energy related issues and topics, as many of the questions will be focused on energy! Each member of the winning team will receive an Energy Week T-Shirt! Open to all University students, faculty and staff.

Green is Gold

You'll not want to miss this year's shirt! Designed by Chemical Engineering undergraduate student, Rocio Miramontes, shirts may be purchased at any of the following locations or by contacting Barbara Villarosa at

  • Irish Green, Friday, September 24, 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Jordan Hall of Science, Saturday, September 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • LaFortune, Sunday, September 26, 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • North Dining Hall, Wednesday, September 29, 4:45 to 7:00 p.m
  • South Dining Hall, Wednesday, September 29, 4:45 to 7:00 p.m.

For more information about Energy Week, contact Barbara Villarosa at or (574) 631-4776.