Academics & Research

There are many ways to learn more about sustainability while at Notre Dame, whether through a class, a research project, or a summer internship.  

Minors 

Minor in Sustainability

The College of Science offers a minor in sustainability to all undergraduates in all majors and colleges. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the minor prepares students to serve as leaders in their communities—local, national, and international—by making constructive and substantive contributions to the development of more sustainable practices for the benefit of their own personal and professional lives, the lives of others, and the lives of future generations. More Info

Minor in Energy Studies

The College of Engineering offers a minor in Energy Studies Minor to all undergraduates in all majors and colleges. This minor will prepare students to become successful leaders from all disciplines who understand the complexity of the energy challenge. They will be better prepared to provide goods and services that allow an acceptable quality of life in a more energy efficient manner. Additionally, students will be able to draw from technical and non-technical resources to move our country and the world toward a sustainable energy future. More Info

Research Centers

Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Conducts research and education programs in energy efficiency; safe nuclear waste storage; clean coal utilization; CO2 separation, storage, sequestration and use; solar and other renewable energy; and the social, political, and ethical aspects of energy policy and use.

Center for Environmental Science and Technology

A cooperative effort between Notre Dame’s Colleges of Science and Engineering, fostering interdisciplinary environmental research and education by providing cutting-edge analytical technologies needed to address complex environmental problems.

Environmental Research Center

Furthers research and education in environmental studies by focusing activities on high environmental quality locations that serve as “natural” laboratories for the study of environmental systems. These sites have experienced little or no degradation from humans and function as a baseline for comparison with human disturbed systems.

The Center for Building Communities

The Center for Building Communities aims to address problems such as the lack of affordable housing, suburban sprawl, and the looming energy and environmental crises by generating ideas and examples for the construction and real estate industries.

Center for Environmental Justice and Children’s Health

A multi-disciplinary group of Notre Dame faculty, students, and friends dedicated to addressing environmental injustice by performing risk assessments and environmental-impact analyses in poor, minority, or other vulnerable communities and helping to educate and empower potential victims of environmental injustice.

GLOBES

GLOBES brings together biologists, environmental and social scientists, public policy experts, lawyers, and religious and community leaders to seek innovative and interdisciplinary solutions to a wide range of interrelated problems in environmental and human health.

Environmental Change Initiative

The Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative’s research tackles the interrelated problems of invasive species, land use, and climate change—focusing on their synergistic impacts on water resources. ND-ECI provides new intellectual capital and infrastructure for interdisciplinary teams of faculty to help solve complex environmental problems identified as “Grand Challenges” by the National Academy of Sciences.

Here is a comprehensive list of faculty involved in sustainability research on campus.

Internships

Sustainable Design

Community-Building studios teach the design of both affordable and market-rate housing using different forms of construction, with special emphasis on modular building technology. Classes and projects address sustainable development with respect to architecture and urban design, especially focusing on regional and local characteristics of architecture and design in rural, urban, and suburban communities across the country.

Environmental Internships

The Notre Dame Career Center has links to many organizations that offer internships in environmental fields as well as information about career fairs and on-campus recruiting.

Online Resources

Environmental News Network

The Environmental News Network (ENN) is one of the oldest sources of online environmental news on the web.  After 15 years in the environmental space, ENN has assembled a remarkable database of experience, content, contacts and understanding of the environment.  Its mission is to provide a global perspective on environmental issues, and to promote thought, discussion, and awareness among our readers, our Press Members, our Editorial Affiliates and the other customers we service. 

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

AASHE is an association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada working to create a sustainable future. AASHE aims to advance the efforts of the entire campus sustainability community by uniting diverse initiatives and connecting practitioners to resources and professional development opportunities. AASHE defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The IPCC was established to provide an objective source of information about climate change. Its role is to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the latest scientific, technical and socio-economic literature produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change, its observed and projected impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. 

Real Climate: Climate Science from Climate Scientists

RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists. It aims to provide a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary. The discussion here is restricted to scientific topics and will not get involved in any political or economic implications of the science.

C2ES: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions brings together business leaders, policy makers, scientists, and other experts to bring a new approach to a complex and often controversial issue.

Food Routes

FoodRoutes is a national non-profit dedicated to reintroducing Americans to their food – the seeds it grows from, the farmers who produce it, and the routes that carry it from the fields to our tables.

The EcoGateway

This guide to online resources serves the information and communication needs of individuals and organizations working to protect our environment and create a sustainable future. It contains links to more than 10,000 web sites and pages.

The Michiana Green Pages

The Michiana Green Pages is a directory that connects you with socially and environmentally responsible efforts in our area and companies that provide green products and services. It also includes resources for community building, recreation, health and good eating. 

GRIST

Grist exists to tell the untold stories, spotlight trends before they become trendy, and engage the apathetic. We’re fiercely independent in our coverage; we throw brickbats when they’re needed and bestow kudos when they’re warranted. And while we take our work seriously, we don’t take ourselves seriously, because of the many things this planet is running out of, sanctimonious tree-huggers ain’t one of them.