Notre Dame hosts seventh annual energy week

Notre Dame Energy Week

The University of Notre Dame will host its seventh annual Notre Dame Energy Week from Sept. 29 through Oct. 4 (Sunday through Friday) at various campus locations.

Sponsored by the Student Advisory Board of the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame and greeND, Energy Week provides educational programs that promote general awareness and increased understanding of issues and topics related to sustainable energy.

Energy Week begins Sunday with schedules, T-shirts and other promotional materials being distributed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LaFortune Student Center. Participants will learn more about the health effects of climate change during a 4 p.m. presentation by Wendy Ring, a member of the Climate911 team, in LaFortune’s Montgomery Auditorium.

A Transportation and Energy Expo will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday (Sept. 30) in Stepan Center. Company representatives from BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, Nissan and Toyota will display energy-efficient vehicles and discuss the benefits of owning such a car. Representatives from other companies and organizations, such as Current Motors, Home Energy, Inovateus Solar, Let’s Share the Sun Foundation and the University’s Office of Sustainability also will share their insights on sustainable energy.

Lectures throughout the week will include a keynote address on Subaru’s zero-waste facility by Craig Tapscott, environmental group leader from Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., at noon Monday in the Stepan Center; a University Solar Energy lecture by T. J. Kanczuzewski, president of Inovateus Solar, at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Room 109 of Stinson-Remick Hall; and a “Let’s Share the Sun” lecture at 8 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 1), during which Notre Dame alumni Nancy and Bill Jordan will share their experiences of bringing solar energy to Haiti schools through the Let’s Share the Sun Foundation.

Energy Week 2013 is 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/School of Architecture.

More information on the Energy Week schedule and activities can be found at

Originally published by William G. Gilroy at on September 27, 2013.