Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

6th Annual Notre Dame Energy Week 2012


Sunday, September 23, 2012 - Saturday, September 29, 2012

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

Schedule of Events


Monday, 9/24

10:30 a.m-2:30 p.m.

Quad Display: Visit local and national companies and community organization booths that are energy related and promote sustainability. The following organizations will be represented: cSEND, GreeND, Energy Minor, South Bend Municipal Energy Office, Indiana Michigan Power, Energizing Indiana, General Electric, BP, and the South Bend Salvation Army Kroc Center. It's a great place to see how you can reduce your energy footprint, and see what these organizations are doing to lower theirs.

Location: South Quad near Fitzpatrick Hall

5:30 p.m.

Career Dinner: THIS EVENT IS FULL! Notre Dame students are invited to dinner to listen to short career recruitment presentations from energy companies that are scouting for good talent. Dinner is provided and there is plenty of time to network with company representatives. The following companies are represented: AEP, GE, BP and Inovateus with an introduction by Dayaway Careers. Reservations are required. Contact Lisa at starting September 10th to reserve a spot.

Location: Club Naimoli

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Tuesday, 9/25

8 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.

Preparing for a Career in Sustainable Energy: Discussion led by Mike Brownell of Dayaway Careers.  Learn about internship and career opportunities in sustainability over bagels and coffee sponsored by Dayaway Careers. Open to Notre Dame, St. Mary's, IUSB, and Bethel Students. Space is limited, reservations are required. Contact Lisa at starting September 10th to reserve a spot.

Location: Oak Room South Quad Dining Room

Before the lights go out energy savings poster

6 p.m-9 p.m.

Speaker and Networking: Maggie Koerth-Baker, author of "Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before It Conquers Us", and science editor at will speak for about 30 minutes, with an opportunity to network and a book signing afterward. Join us at the Legends Night Club for light food and an opportunity to make new connections. Faculty, staff, students, and community members are invited. Sponsored by Inovateus Solar.

Location: Legends Night Club

Wednesday, 9/26inovateuslogo_vertical_twitter

12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.

Notre Dame Power Plant Tours: See how Notre Dame is powered. Space is limited, reservations required for the 1 pm or 2 pm tours. Contact Lisa at for reservations.

2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Energy Poster Session: See displays and visit with energy researchers from Notre Dame in the areas of transformative solar, cleaner coal, and safer nuclear.

Location: 116 Stinson-Remick Hall

Thursday, 9/27

7 p.m.

Faculty Forum: Listen to faculty from several departments discuss the question, "Who is directing the future of energy?". The panel includes: John Nagle, John N. Mathews Professor of Law; Paul McGinn, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; and Tom Frecka, Vincent and Rose Lizzadro Professor of Accountancy. 

Location: Hesburgh Library Auditorium

Friday, 9/28

Saturday, 9/29

Community Energy Day Tour

South Bend Energy Past and a Vision of South Bend Energy Future

Hosted by:  Myles Robertson (Notre Dame Office of Sustainability) and Krista Bailey (IUSB Center for a Sustainable Future)

A series of short tours to introduce the South Bend community to a number of organizations and facilities aimed at energy efficiency and sustainability, encompassing past, present, and future. The tours will leave off from the Century Center main entrance and make their way through 7 facilities (see below).  Feel free to join up at a specific location or ride the trolley (free) for the whole series. A lunchtime panel discussion on the Future of Energy will take place at the Kroc Center, prior to the tour there. Lunch will be available for purchase at the Kroc Cafe.

Notre Dame Students have the option of taking the bus downtown. The bus tour will meet at 9:50 at the Hesburgh Library bus stop and will ride into town to catch the trolley at Union Station. Look for the energy week t-shirts to guide you.  Please RSVP. 

The bike tour has been cancelled.

Tour Schedule:

9:00-10:30 a.m. -- Coffee & refreshments at Union Station Technology Center with "Past, Present, and Future of Energy" Exposition. 300 West South Street

10:40 The Notre Dame Green Cloud project at the Potowatami Conservatory uses waste heat from computer servers to heat the greenhouses and reduce the city’s energy bill.

11:00 The Silver LEED certified IUSB River Crossing Student Center was built to be sustainable with native landscapes, rainwater harvesting, and high performance energy savings materials.

11:30 Lunch will be available to purchase at the Kroc Community Center.

12:00 p.m. Panel discussion of South Bend’s Energy Future featuring  Jon Burke, Director of the South Bend Municipal Energy Office; Mike Keen, Director of the Center for a Sustainable Future; and Seth Brown, Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry at Notre Dame and energy researcher.

12:30 The Gold LEED certified Salvation Army Kroc Community Center serves the neighborhood with a church and auditorium, work out facilities, indoor water park, art studio, recording studio, meeting rooms, and a café that features local food.

1:00 The Food Bank and Unity Gardens at the Kroc Center will demonstrate how teaching South Bend residents how to grow and prepare their own food is leading to a healthier lifestyle.

1:30 The Platinum LEED certified TRANSPO Operations Facility houses all of TRANSPO busses and trolleys. The only facility of its kind in the United States, this building features technology to improve indoor air quality and comfort of its maintenance crew and reduce energy waste. Visitors will be amazed at the innovative low and high tech ways this building reduces its energy footprint.