Energy Week 2018 At-A-Glance

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Friday, September 14 

11:30am – 3pm at the Eck Visitor Center: ND for the Environment

  • Gear up for Energy Week and join ND Energy, the Office of Sustainability, and Minor in Sustainability during Football Friday for an afternoon of learning about programs and services focused on energy, the environment, and sustainability studies. Look for the ND Energy Smoothie Bike and enjoy a scrumptious smoothie too!

Monday, September 17

4:15pm in 203 McCourtney Hall: What's It Really Like?  Catalysis Research:  Dr. Jason Hicks' Laboratory

  • Graduate students Jessica Muhlenkamp and Galiya Magazova work on catalysis for the CISTAR grant in the Hicks lab. They will talk about being a part of a larger team doing research across five universities. There will also be information about work done by undergraduates in the lab.

7pm in 140 DeBartolo Hall: “Global Warming and Social Justice: Fighting for Vulnerable Chicago Neighborhoods” by Ashish Sharma, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame

  • This talk will focus on the use of climate models, social vulnerability, and electricity consumption to identify vulnerable neighborhoods in Chicago that would benefit from green roofs or green infrastructure and how these measures can help to reduce the number of heat-related deaths around the world.

Tuesday, September 18

7pm in 141 DeBartolo Hall: “Kodiak, Alaska: How an Energy Co-Op Went 100% Renewable” by Darron Scott, CEO of Kodiak Electric Association, Kodiak, Alaska

  • Learn how Kodiak Island has generated nearly 100% of its power from renewable energy sources without increasing rates to its members and local communities. 

Wednesday, September 19

11:30am and 12:30pm in 100 Facilities Building: Notre Dame Power Plant Tours

  • Tours are limited to Notre Dame students, faculty, and staff. Participants will meet in Room 100 of the Facilities Building, just north of the power plant. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to complete a waiver form. You should bring your ND ID and wear closed-toe shoes. Registration is now closed.

4pm in the Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall: “Notre Dame Goes Greener: An Energy Infrastructure Update” by Paul Kempf, Senior Director of Utilities and Maintenance, University of Notre Dame

  • Get an update on the University’s strategic plan and financial investment to meet the commitment by university president Rev. John I. Jenkins to eliminate coal by 2020 and reduce carbon emissions 50% by 2030 and 83% by 2050.

Thursday, September 20

11:30am and 12:30pm in 100 Facilities Building: Notre Dame Power Plant Tours

  • Tours are limited to Notre Dame students, faculty, and staff. Participants will meet in Room 100 of the Facilities Building, just north of the power plant. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to complete a waiver form. You should bring your ND ID and wear closed-toe shoes. Registration is now closed.

7pm in the Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library: Blackout in Puerto Rico

  • A documentary film about the humanitarian and economic crisis after Hurricane Maria, 54:47 (see trailer).

Friday, September 21

2pm: What's It Really Like?  Wind Energy:  Dr. Eric Matlis' Laboratory

  • This summer, a group of undergraduates and Prof. Eric Matlis used a wind tunnel to see if the wind from trucks on the interstate would generate enough energy to activate vertical wind turbines on the side of the road. Meet with undergraduate researcher Breanna Belz, graduate researcher Alexander Arndt, and Prof. Matlis and ask questions about how you can get involved in wind energy research at Notre Dame. Space is limited, so register early.

2:30pm in 100 Brownson Hall: What's It Really Like?  Sustainability Careers:  Office of Sustainability

  • Meet with the staff of the campus office that keeps Notre Dame green. They will talk about relevant career paths they have explored and offer suggestions on how to find a job in the field of sustainability. Undergraduate interns will be available to answer questions too. Space is limited, so register early.

3pm in 100 Stinson-Remick Hall: Solar Panel Tours

  • Tours are limited to Notre Dame students, faculty, and staff. Participants will meet in 100 Stinson-Remick Hall. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to complete a waiver form. There are two separate sessions: 3:00 pm and 3:45 pm. Registration is now closed.

Monday, September 24

4pm in 315 Stinson-Remick Hall: What's It Really Like?  Nuclear Research:  Dr. Peter Burns' Laboratory

  • Dr. Peter Burns’ laboratory space is the home to one of Notre Dame’s newest centers, where several graduate and undergraduate students work on nuclear chemistry. Learn about what it is like to work with uranium, plutonium, and other radioactive chemicals. Space is limited, so register early.

7pm in 140 DeBartolo Hall: “Policy vs Science: The Politics of Climate Change” by Patrick Regan, Professor of Political Science, Associate Director of Environmental Change Initiative and Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN), University of Notre Dame

  • This talk will explore climate change in the context of policy and why it does not seem to comport with sound science.

Tuesday, September 25

4pm in 146-147 Stepan Chemistry Hall: Materials Characterization Facility Tour

  • Tour the recently relocated Materials Characterization Facility and learn about the state-of-the-art research capabilities and instruments available to researchers at Notre Dame. Specializing in general materials, photovoltaic and electrochemical, and crystallographic characterizations, Research and Facilities Program Director Dr. Ian Lightcap will explain how this core research facility helps researchers learn about new materials that could be the next great thing for energy storage, solar panels, and other applications. Participants will gather in 146 Stepan Chemistry Hall and should wear closed-toe shoes. Registration is required.

Wednesday, September 26

4pm in the Radiation Laboratory Lobby: What's It Really Like?  Solar Research:  Dr. Prashant Kamat's Laboratory

  • Graduate student Rebecca Scheidt and undergraduate student Elisabeth Kerns will talk about life in the “Rad Lab” doing research on perovskite films for solar panels. Elisabeth will also provide information about the Slatt Fellowship for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes and the award she received from ND Energy that enabled her to do research on campus this past summer. Space is limited, so register early.

7pm in the Jordan Auditorium, Mendoza College of Business: “Casa Pueblo’s Energy Insurrection in Puerto Rico” by Arturo Massol-Deya, Executive Director of Casa Pueblo, Professor of Microbiology and Ecology at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

  • In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, hear the story of one town’s fight for energy independence and their plans to achieve 50% energy generation at the point of consumption with solar panels and independent microgrids by 2027. 

Friday, September 28 

11:30am - 3pm at the Eck Visitor Center: ND for the Environment

  • What better way to close-out Energy Week than to be a part of Football Friday at the Eck Center and enjoy a smoothie! While there, you will learn about current campus initiatives to conserve energy and eliminate the effects of climate change, as well as educational programs to sustain best practices for continued improvements. Join ND Energy, the Office of Sustainability, and Minor in Sustainability for an afternoon of learning.


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Center for Civic InnovationCenter for Social ConcernsDepartment of Romance Languages and LiteraturesEnvironmental Change Initiative; Hesburgh Program in Public Service; Institute for Latino StudiesJohn J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values; Kroc Institute for International Peace StudiesNotre Dame Initiative for Global Development; Office of Digital Learning; and Office of Sustainability.