Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Energy Week 2013

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The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) will host the 7th Annual Notre Dame Energy Week, September 29 to October 4, 2013.  The purpose of Energy Week is to provide educational programs that promote general awareness and increased understanding of issues and topics related to sustainable energy.  Sponsored by cSEND's Student Advisory Board and the University's student organization, GreeND, events during the week are open to all University students, faculty, and staff, and the general public.

2013 Prize Winners!

Trinh Nguyen
Free Zipcar Membership and One Free Day (Value: $115)
Notre Dame Insulated 24 oz. Water Bottle (Value:  $22)

Brian Herrmann
Free Zipcar Membership and One Free Day (Value: $115)

Jennifer Doan
Free Zipcar Membership and One Free Day (Value: $115)
Notre Dame Insulated 24 oz. Water Bottle (Value:  $22)

Minyi Lin
Free Zipcar Membership and One Free Day (Value: $115)
Catalyst 300 U-lock (Value:  $12.96)

Joseph Bedell
Free Zipcar Membership and One Free Day (Value: $115)

Grant Kippenbrock
Voyager 2.0 Headlight (Value:  $19.99)

Ryan Schools
Voyager 2.0 Front and Rear Lights ($29.99)

Schedule of Events

Sunday, September 29

Energy Week Kick-off!
11:00-2:00 PM, La Fortune

Stop by LaFortune to get a sneak peak of this year’s events, buy an Energy Week t-shirt, and pick up your Energy Week "punch card"! Punch cards will be available at every Energy Week event, but you'll want to get it early, because the more events you attend, the more chances you'll have to win some fantastic prizes!

Health Effects of Climate Change
4:00-5:00 PM, LaFortune Auditorium

Learn about the health effects of climate change from Dr. Wendy Ring, MD/MPH and member of Climate911. Dr. Ring is riding her bicycle across the U.S. on a speaking tour and will be in South Bend for one night only. 

Sponsored by GreeND

Monday, September 30


Transportation & Energy Expo
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Stepan Center (Lunch Provided)


Come visit energy related displays including all things related to energy and transportation. On display will be electric motor scooters by Current Motors, an electric vehicle created by Notre Dame researchers, McCormick Motors will be bringing a Chevy Volt, Gurley Leep is bringing a Nissan Leaf with a solar powered carport charging station by local solar company, Inovateus Solar, Let's Share the Sun Foundation will be bringing their solar van, and other local and campus sustainability organizations will showcase their contributions to energy efficiency and sustainability.

Keynote Speaker: Craig Tapscott, Subaru
12:00-1:00 PM, Stepan Center

Craig Tapscott, Environmental Group Leader at Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA) in Lafayette, Indiana will describe his company's journey to becoming a Zero Landfill facility since 2004. According to Craig, this journey has allowed SIA to develop a strong, meaningful data management system for its waste generated. Currently, SIA is expanding its environmental program into a more comprehensive sustainability program that incorporates all environmental impacts of the facility's operations. This presentation will describe the metrics and communication tools developed to make this new sustainability paradigm successful at SIA.

Craig Tapscott received his B.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University Bloomington in 2003 and in 2005 received a dual M.S. in Environmental Science and Public Affairs. He has been with Subaru of Indiana Automotive since 2011. Prior to then, he worked with the City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works Office of Environmental Services and August Mack Environmental, a consulting firm in Indianapolis.

University Solar Energy
6:30-8:00 PM, 109 Stinson-Remick Hall

T.J. Kanczuzewski, President of Inovateus Solar (a local company), will discuss what colleges are doing to promote solar energy on their campuses. He will give an update on how, why, and where universities and colleges are utilizing solar energy. He will also discuss the various approaches and hurdles that institutions face when embarking on solar energy opportunities.


A featured solar project by Inovateus is Notre Dame's Fitzpatrick Hall. The University uses the 10.4 kW solar installation as both a power generating system and research and development tool. The unique installation on the rooftop of Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering employs two new thin film solar technologies that students and teachers can monitor for real time demonstration and instruction.

Tuesday, October 1


Let's Share the Sun
8:00-9:15 AM, Coffee House, Geddes Hall (Refreshments)

Notre Dame Alumni and co-founders of Let's Share the Sun Foundation, Nancy Brennan-Jordan ('85) and Bill Jordan ('85), will share their story of the work they have done to bring solar energy to Haiti with a focus on sustainability, clean energy, and their solar model for schools to reduce costs and improve quality of life.

Let’s Share the Sun is a nonprofit organization based in upstate New York that focuses on bringing solar energy to the poorest parts of the world. They are currently partnering with Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education to install panels on six of their schools in Haiti. This past August, they traveled with a team of volunteers to Plaisance, Haiti to install on the École Père Perard elementary school. They also have partnered with the Congregation of the Holy Cross community in Haiti.

Sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns


Sun Dancing: A Passive Solar Primer
12:30-1:30 PM, 104 Bond Hall (Auditorium)

Notre Dame Alumnus, Kenneth Francis ('67) will give an overview of passive solar concepts, design principles, and the experience of building and living in a passive solar home for 23 years. He will also discuss the physiology of human comfort and the storage and release of thermal energy. 

Sponsored by The Green Scale research project, School of Architecture


Energy Poster Session
4:00-5:00 PM, Jordan Hall of Science Galleria (Refreshments)

Visit with Notre Dame researchers and see what energy related topics research groups are working on!

Opportunities in Research
5:00-6:00 PM, 105 Jordan Hall of Science

Are you interested in a career in research? Learn about work/life balance, opportunities, qualifications, and more in the fields of academia, industry, and government from three prominent researchers.

Dr. Joan Brennecke, The Keating-Crawford Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame.

Joan Brennecke

Dr. Brennecke is internationally known for her research in the development of solvents, specifically supercritical fluids and ionic liquids. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She has received numerous awards, including the 2010 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Dr. Brennecke received her B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas in 1984 and her master’s (1987) and doctoral (1989) degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois. She has served as a Notre Dame faculty member since 1989.

Dr. John Muldoon (ND '02), Principal Scientist, Toyota Research Institute


Dr. Muldoon's research interests include future energy solutions such as Li ion batteries, multivalent batteries and fuel cells. He has numerous patents in the area of new battery chemistry and fuel cell. He received his B.Sc. in chemistry from Queens University of Belfast and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame under the direction of Prof. Brown. He worked as a research associate at The Scripps Research Institute under Prof. Sharpless (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2001) and Prof. Fokin, developing applications of click chemistry including in situ click chemistry to discover HIV protease inhibitors and acceleration for chemical reactions on water. He is currently a principal scientist at Toyota Research Institute of North America. 

Dr. Margaret MacDonnell (ND '79 '81), Cumulative Risk Program Manager, Argonne National Laboratory


Dr. MacDonell has over 25 years experience in integrated health risk analysis for federal programs including the Department of Energy (DOE) cold war legacy waste sites. She has led Argonne’s collaborative efforts with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop national screening approaches for cumulative risk assessments to protect and promote human health and welfare; assess dioxin toxicity and health-based exposure advisories for chemicals, radionuclides and biological agents released to air or drinking water; and enhance science and technology applications for mobile citizen sensing of the environment. She received her B.S. in biology (1979) and her M.S. in civil/environmental health engineering (1981) from the University of Notre Dame and her Ph.D. in civil/environmental health engineering from Northwestern University in 1986.

Wednesday October 2


Power Plant (Hourly) Tours
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 100 Facilities Building

This is one of Notre Dame's best kept tour secrets!  Learn how the campus gets its power and the amazing energy saving measures the University has taken in recent years. Tours last 30-45 minutes and start at the top of every hour.  Registration is required by 12:00 (noon) on Tuesday, October 1.

The GREEN Program (Global Renewable Energy Education Network)
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, 212 Stinson-Remick Hall

During this open house, students will learn about The GREEN Program and how it can enhance their education and knowledge of renewable energy. Students will tap into their global consciousness by seeing firsthand how a country can power itself almost entirely with renewables and implement sustainable living practices.

Sponsored by GreeND

CANCELED - Career Networking Event
7:00-9:00 PM, (McKenna Hall) Notre Dame Conference Center

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Career Networking Event has been canceled.

Are you interested in a career in energy? Learn what employment and internship opportunities are available to Notre Dame students from energy related company representatives, who will give brief overviews of their companies and what it is like to work there. There will be plenty of time afterwards for questions and networking!  Dress is business casual. Students should bring their resumes. Registration is required by Monday, September 30.

Thursday, October 3


Green Youth Foundation (Education through Greenovation)
12:30-2:00 PM, Sorin Room, La Fortune

During this open house, Notre Dame students will learn about a special service project hosted by the Green Youth Foundation focusing on the assembly of solar powered lamps that will be sent to Kenya for students to use at night to study and for parents to charge their phones.


Energy Start-Up Showcase
3:00-4:30 PM, Innovation Park, 1400 Angela Boulevard (Refreshments)

Energy start-up companies located at Innovation Park will provide brief descriptions of the work they are doing with plenty of time afterwards for questions and networking. Located on the edge of campus, Innovation Park is a fantastic facility where ideas grow, where ideas unite, and where ideas live

Sponsored by Innovation Park at Notre Dame

Friday, October 4

Feast of Saint Francis
5:15 PM, Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Celebrate the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of the Environment, at a Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at 5:15 pm followed by festive desserts in the North and South Dining Halls. For more information about this event, please contact Rachel Novick in the Office of Sustainability

Energy Week 2013 is sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame and GreeND, and co-sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns, Green Youth Foundation, Innovation Park at Notre Dame, Inovateus Solar, Let’s Share the Sun Foundation, Office of Sustainability, and The Green Scale research project of the School of Architecture.

For more information about Energy Week and how you can get involved, please contact Barbara Villarosa at 574-631-4776 or