4th Annual ND Energy Research Symposium

Achieving Carbon Neutrality

An Emphasis on Global Partnerships and Climate Justice


June 3-4, 2021


Thursday, June 3
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. (ET)
1:00 - 1:10

Welcome and Introductions

1:10 - 1:50 Peter C. Burns, Director, Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy); Henry Massman Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame 
“ND Energy and University Sustainable Energy Initiatives” 
1:50 - 2:30 Opening Keynote: Michael Webber, Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas-Austin; Chief Science and Technology Officer, ENGIE (Paris, France) 
“Power Trip: Transforming Past Societies to Address Today’s Looming Crisis” 
2:30 - 2:40 BREAK
2:40 - 3:10 Jennifer Haverkamp, Professor from Practice at Michigan Law and Graham Family Director of the U-M Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan
“U-M President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality Recommendations and Pathway Forward” 
3:15 - 4:00 Poster Session 1
4:00 - 5:00

Panel Discussion: “Creating a Sustainable Regional Network of Stakeholders, Researchers, and Community Members to Achieve Carbon Neutrality” 

Moderator: Carol Mullaney, Senior Director, Office of Sustainability, University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame Panelists:

  • Tom Purekal, Program Director and Term Assistant Teaching Professor, Pulte Institute for Global Development
  • Danielle Wood, Associate Professor of the Practice and ND-GAIN Project Director, Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI)
  • Jay Brockman, Director, Center for Civic Innovation (CCI) 
  • Ginger Sigmon, Managing Director, Center for Sustainable Energy (ND Energy) 
  • Q&A
Friday, June 4
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. (ET)
1:00 - 1:10 Welcome Back!
1:10 - 1:40 Megan Litke, Director of Sustainability Programs, Office of Sustainability, American University
“Becoming the First U.S. University to Achieve Carbon Neutrality”
1:40 - 2:10 Chelsea Hasenauer, Senior Manager of GHG- and Water-related Measurement, Reporting, and Verification Initiatives, The Climate Registry
“Benefits of Measurement, Reporting, and Verification to Achieve Carbon Neutrality and Aid in Policy Development” 
2:10 - 2:40 Brenna Biggs, Carbon Neutrality Initiative: Carbon Offsets Fellow, University of California-Irvine
“Commodifying Absence: Carbon Offsets to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025”
2:45 - 3:30  Poster Session 2
3:30 - 4:20 Closing Keynote: Lene Mi Ran Kristiansen, Sustainability Leader, GE Renewable Energy (Kolding, South Denmark, Denmark)
“GE's Commitment to Carbon Neutrality by 2030 and Beyond”
4:20 - 4:50 Closing Comments and Final Questions
4:50 - 5:00  Poster Awards
Poster awards will be presented to the top two presenters in each of the postdoc/graduate and undergraduate categories.