Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame


Efficiency Upgrades that Really Save

March 20, 2017

Peter Bauer
Dr. Peter Bauer

You may want a greener, more energy-efficient home because it’s good for the environment, but it’s also good for your wallet.

Energy is expensive, with the average American consumer spending nearly $2,000 per year on energy bills, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. About half of that number is spent on heating and cooling costs.…

Encouraging the Next Generation of Energy Researchers

March 20, 2017

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Hundreds of area K-12 students gathered in Notre Dame’s Stepan Center on March 4 to participate in the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NIRSEF). Among those in the early morning throng were six volunteers from ND Energy’s Student Energy Board

Science fair at Notre Dame prepares young minds for future

March 20, 2017

Tony Kramer and Sam Chippas, seniors at Marian High School, combined their interests in electrical engineering and computer science to develop a robotics project for the March 4 Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NIREF) at Notre Dame.


Going Geothermal: University Installing Renewable Energy System Across Campus

March 02, 2017

In an effort to heed Pope Francis’ call to be better stewards of our shared Earth and to start implementing the University’s new comprehensive sustainability strategy, Notre Dame has begun planning and installing several geothermal systems across campus.

Geothermal systems are sustainable energy systems that allow the University to reduce greenhouse gas production, increase energy security and capitalize on long-term cost savings. Notre Dame’s systems are tailored specifically toward heating and cooling campus buildings by taking advantage of the Earth’s ability to store heat in its crust.…

Solved: Decades-old Mystery in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

March 01, 2017

Researchers in the Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics group of Professor Boldizsár Jankó and collaborators have solved a decades-old mystery of fluorescence intermittency – blinking – that indicates classical physics behavior in a quantum mechanical system. 

Community + Engagement = Broader Impacts

February 27, 2017 • Categories: ND Energy

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Two words, community and engagement, simply and separately defined by Mirriam-Webster as a unified body of individuals with common characteristics and interests, and an arrangement to meet or be present at a specified time and place, respectively. Alone, these words have apathetic meaning, yet when combined, they create a dynamic and evolutionary term. An expression that embodies Notre Dame’s culture and identity and characterizes widely its institutional commitment for the common good. 

Wilderness, Reverence, and the Written Word

February 27, 2017

Barry Lopez’s work has taken him to more than eighty countries over the past fifty years, including some of the most inhospitable places on earth. But on March 9th, Lopez is coming home to his alma mater to discuss a topic both timely and close to his heart: the writer’s role in engaging the public on environmental issues.

Bohn to Receive 2017 ACS Electrochemistry Award

February 27, 2017

Paul W. Bohn has been named the recipient of the 2017 American Chemical Society Electrochemistry Award for his contributions to the field of electrochemical analysis.

College of Engineering Introduces New Minor Targeting Resiliency and Sustainability

February 27, 2017

Resiliency and sustainability

Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issues a “report card” highlighting the status of the nation’s infrastructure: its roads; bridges and dams; drinking water; treatment of wastewater, solid waste, and hazardous waste; and more. When the organization last shared its assessment of America’s infrastructure, it was 2013. Not only did the country receive a poor grade (a D+), but the ASCE estimated that approximately $3.6 trillion would be needed to raise the grade and the quality and safety of the infrastructure.  

Lighting the Path for a Brighter Tomorrow: Making Connections with Potential Mentors

January 27, 2017 • Categories: ND Energy

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January is National Mentoring Month, and according to, quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development and social and economic opportunity, and empowers them to make smart choices and better life decisions. Mentoring has led to many of our youths increasing their participation in leadership positions, community volunteerism, and becoming mentors themselves.…

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