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Energy Week makes a third return

Nicholas Cooper | Sunday, September 13, 2009

Energy Week, which features events ranging from career fairs to environmental lectures, returned to for its third year yesterday with a new theme – green is the new black.

Senior and GreeND member Jackie Mirandola Mullen said the new slogan represents a newer, more modern approach to environmentalism.

“Green is the new black was kind of a play on the media, showing how the green movement has become more trendy,” she said. “Although it may be a little confusing.”

Energy Week will feature a special “green” career fair, which will offer students an opportunity to network with individuals already heavily involved in environmentally conscious firms.

“As a senior, I’m really looking forward to the career luncheon,” GreeND president Colleen Kelly said. “If you had to attend one event, that would be it.”

Kelly said Energy Week is a great time for students to focus on how they can reduce their environmental impact.

“Common answers to this question are something like turn off lights or use less water. Something different that every student could do is simply be aware,” she said. Energy Week is a great way for students to become more aware and really have a positive impact on their environment.”

Other events include documentaries, lectures and even a “green” Mass.

Undergraduates aren’t the only ones excited about Energy Week. Current Notre Dame graduate student Melissa Dinsman, First Year Composition instructor whose course deals with issues of conservation and modernity, is also looking forward to what this week can teach.

“I think Energy Week is an important event for the Notre Dame campus,” she said. “It is great to see Notre Dame professors from so many disciplines, as well as outside participants, coming together to educate the Notre Dame community on what we can do and on what is being done to address the energy challenges we face today and in the future.”