Smoothing Your Way to ND for the Environment

Smoothing Your Way to ND for the Environment

Author: Barbara Villarosa


A perspective on partnering with others to quench more than a thirst for sustainability at Notre Dame. 

I always wondered what ND for the Environment was all about. Then, I had the chance to experience it first-hand. It was Alumni Reunion Weekend in early June during the “ND Explores STEM” event in McCourtney Hall. I and my colleagues Ginger Sigmon and Anne Berges Pillai were manning the ND Energy table with the ND Energy smoothie bike, front and center. Nearby were our colleagues from the Office of Sustainability and the Sustainability Minor. We had our informational brochures and posters laid out on our main table. Next to it was another table that held a large bowl of mixed berries, bunches of fresh bananas, bottles of fruit juice, containers of yogurt, a cutting board, utensils, and plastic gloves. My role was to make the smoothie ‘brew’ while Ginger secured the blender to the back of the bike, and Anne welcomed visitors who were waiting for their turn on the smoothie bike. 

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ND Energy Announces New Leadership Role in International Sustainable Development

ND Energy Announces New Leadership Role in International Sustainable Development

Author: Barbara Villarosa

The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) has taken another leap toward broadening its presence internationally and in particular with Low to Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Abigail Mechtenberg, Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Physics, will spend three months of the year during the summer engaged in international sustainable development research on behalf of ND Energy.…

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