Student Initiatives

Energy Center Student Advisory Board

The Energy Center Student Advisory Board was formed in January 2007 to provide advice and guidance to the Energy Center director and to help develop new programs and initiatives in support of the Energy Center mission. Each fall, the Student Advisory Board coordinates Energy Week.


GreeND seeks to (1) promote interdisciplinary learning about the energy and environmental challenges facing humanity today, (2) effect sustainable changes in the policies and lifestyles that determine energy usage, and (3) develop leaders capable to engage the complexities of these challenges both at Notre Dame and in the world. It is the umbrella organization that connects organizations including the Energy Club, the Energy Conservation Corps, Residence Hall Environmental Commissioners, and Recyclin’ Irish.

Energy Club

The Energy Club provides a forum for fact-based discussion about energy technologies and resources. Informal faculty presentations to the club will provide a basis for discussion and allow the group to learn about energy-related research at Notre Dame. Students can also teach the group about energy technologies they may already have experience with through undergraduate research or class material, allowing the group to benefit from the expertise and interests of all of its members. The club will also communicate with the general student population in order to increase student awareness and interest in the science and technology of energy production.

Energy Conservation Corps

The Energy Conservation Corps will focus on improving energy efficiency across campus by (1) increasing education and awareness about our current energy consumption and (2) incentivizing behavior change. The corps will support university efforts to increase conservation on an institutional level, including retrofitting buildings and designing more efficient buildings. We advocate for simple lifestyle changes.

Students for Environmental Action

Students for Environmental Action is a student-run group committed to protecting the environment through educational initiatives, community service projects, and traditional nonviolent direct action.

Emerging Green Builders

Emerging Green Builders, a student initiative within the School of Architecture, has started the blog, It is the school’s go-to online resource for
interesting links, articles, and resources on green architecture.

Lightning Riders

Students in the Department of Electrical Engineering are building a hybrid motorcycle with support from the Notre Dame Energy Center.