Students explored a broader range of career development opportunities during the 2019 Sustainability Expo

Author: Barbara Villarosa

Sunrise Movement Sustainability Expo


Nearly 100 students turned out for the annual Sustainability Expo on Monday, Feb. 11. This year’s event marked an expansion for the expo, offering resources about career opportunities in energy, the environment, and sustainability studies for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Despite the event being rescheduled from its original date, due to the University’s weather closure, over 40 participants filled the Galleria in Jordan Hall of Science to share information about their respective companies, academic programs, research groups, or service organizations.

The wide range of opportunities drew a diverse group of students, as over 30 academic majors and minors were represented by those in attendance. Still drawing a larger percentage of undergraduate students, all students made connections and gained additional knowledge of opportunities and resources available to them. Even one student attributed her connections to discerning her major.

Be Green Packaging Sustainability Expo

New this year, employers on campus for the Career Fair were invited to participate to provide students with internship and potential job opportunities:

  • Ameresco
  • Be Green Packaging
  • Inovateus Solar
  • Lena Works, Inc.
  • The GREEN Program
  • UCapture

Ndigd Sustainability Expo

Various campus programs and organizations shared their educational and experiential learning opportunities:

  • BCe2/Center for Civic Innovation
  • Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy)
  • Energy Studies Minor
  • Environmental Sciences Major
  • Food Rescue U.S.
  • GreeND
  • John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values
  • Keough School of Global Affairs
  • Minor in Sustainability
  • Notre Dame International – Study Abroad
  • Notre Dame Office of Sustainability
  • Resiliency and Sustainability of Engineering Systems Minor
  • Student Energy Board

Kamat Lab Sustainability Expo

The participating research projects and laboratories included:

  • Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR)
  • Kamat Lab Research Group
  • Lightcap Research Group
  • Mechtenberg Research Group
  • Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative
  • Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development
  • Tank Research Group
  • University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC)

Enfocus Sustainability Expo

Several Michiana community organizations were on hand to share their off-campus opportunities with students as well:

  • City of Mishawaka Parks Department
  • City of South Bend Office of Sustainability
  • Conservation Fund of Indiana
  • Elkhart Environmental Center
  • enFocus
  • Michiana VegFest
  • Shirley Heinze Land Trust
  • South Bend Climate Champions
  • Sunrise Movement
  • Unity Gardens

The Sustainability Expo was organized by the Center for Career Development, Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano), Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy), Environmental Change Initiative, John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, and Minor in Sustainability.

ND Energy is a University Research Center whose mission is to build a better world by creating new energy technologies and systems and educating individuals to help solve the most critical energy challenges facing our world today. For more information, visit the ND Energy website at energy.nd.edu or contact Barbara Villarosa, Business and Communications Program Director, at bvillaro@nd.edu or 574-631-4776.

Originally published by Barbara Villarosa at energy.nd.edu on February 22, 2019.