Adding Solar to the Mix: Notre Dame's Energy Landscape 🏆

Wednesday, September 20, 7:00-8:00 p.m., 140 DeBartolo Hall

The West Campus Solar Project planned for the edge of campus near WNDU is projected to reduce Notre Dame's carbon footprint by up to 700 tons annually. This past summer, additional geothermal systems were buried under parking lots. A year ago, ND Hydro was dedicated in downtown South Bend. Buildings continue to be updated with improved HVAC systems and insulation. These are only the latest in a series of green projects initiated in response to Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change.

Paul Kempf, assistant vice president for utilities and maintenance at Notre Dame, will present his annual Energy Week update, highlighting the work being done to help the campus reduce its carbon footprint to net zero by 2050.


Paul Kempf is the assistant vice president for utilities and maintenance at the University of Notre Dame. In this role, Kempf is responsible for the operation of the University’s power plant and heating system. He has led the development of a portfolio of renewable energy sources on campus in support of the University's Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy, which has resulted in a 50-percent reduction in the University’s carbon emissions based on the gross square footage of campus, compared to 2005 baseline levels and has put Notre Dame on the path to becoming a carbon neutral campus by 2050.

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