Recap of Fall 2019 Sustainability Expo

Traditionally held early in the spring semester, the 2019 Sustainability Expo was moved to the fall to align with Notre Dame's Fall Career Fair and provide an opportunity for employers, researchers, and educators to engage with students interested in the fields of energy, environment, and sustainability studies. The expo also served as the final event of the 13th annual Notre Dame Energy Week (Sept. 9-16).

The new date produced a dramatic increase in student attendance. More than 140 undergraduate and graduate students, representing approximately 40 different majors, filled the Jordan Hall of Science Galleria on Monday, Sept. 16. Exhibitors lined the hallway to share information about their job and internship openings, research projects, academic programs, and experiential learning opportunities.

Employers on campus for the Career Fair were able to connect with students one night in advance:

•    Crossroads Solar
•    GE Renewable Energy
•    Inovateus Solar
•    Marathon Capital
•    UCapture

The participating research projects and laboratories included:

•    Burns Research Group
•    Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR)
•    Gupta Research Group
•    Hixon Research Group
•    Lightcap Research Group
•    Mechtenberg Research Group
•    Ptasinska Research Group

Various campus programs and organizations shared their educational and experiential learning opportunities:

•    C-Club
•    Center for Career Development
•    Center for Civic Innovation
•    Energy Studies Minor
•    Environmental Change Initiative
•    Environmental Sciences Major
•    GreeND
•    IDEA Center
•    Initiative for Global Development
•    John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values
•    Kellogg Institute for International Studies
•    Keough School of Global Affairs
•    Minor in Sustainability
•    ND Energy
•    NDnano
•    Notre Dame International
•    Office of Sustainability
•    Resiliency and Sustainability of Engineering Systems Minor
•    Student Energy Board
•    Student Government

Several Michiana community organizations were on hand to share their off-campus opportunities with students as well:

•    enFocus
•    Food Rescue
•    Goshen College
•    MoonTree Studios
•    St. Joseph County Parks
•    South Bend Green Corps
•    Sunrise Movement
•    Unity Gardens

The Sustainability Expo was organized by the Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano), Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy), the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development, Minor in Sustainability, and Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI).