Resources

Notre Dame campus garden

There are many individuals and organizations, both on campus and in the Michiana area, that can assist you in developing and implementing your capstone project. If you are interested in a topic or organization that is not listed here, please send us an email.

Catholicism and Sustainability

Climate Adaptation

  • The Collaboratory for Adaptation to Climate Change is a resource for research, education, and collaboration in the area of adaptation and climate change.
  • ND-GAIN (Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index) is an important resource for information on climate adaptation and vulnerability for nations and business interests.

Ecology

  • Notre Dame's Environmental Research Centers (UNDERC East in the Michigan Upper Peninsula and UNDERC West in northwestern Montana) provide opportunities for students to conduct research in a variety of relatively undisturbed ecosystems.
  • ND-LEEF is a constructed freshwater system that includes streams, ponds, and wetlands and can be used for controlled experiments. It is located in St. Patrick's County Park about 10 minutes north of campus.

Education for Sustainability (K-12)

  • Jay Caponigro, Notre Dame's Director of Community Engagement, can advise on appropriate contacts in public and private school systems in the South Bend area.
  • Project Learning Tree has extensive K-12 resources on environmental education.

Food Co-ops

  • Monroe Park Co-op is located on South Main Street and focuses on local and affordable nutritious food.
  • Purple Porch Co-op is located in the East Bank neighborhood in South Bend and focuses on local and organic food.

Interfaith Work on Sustainability

Invasive Species

Policy

  • Kevin Nelson ’93 of U.S. EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities can advise on policies and partnerships at the federal, state, and local level that impact land development and environmental protection.

Public Health

Sustainable Agriculture

  • Bertrand Farm is an educational facility in Niles, Michigan that promotes healthy eating and land stewardship.
  • Prairie Winds Nature Farm is a working educational farm in Lakeville, Indiana that includes restored wetlands and prairie. It is located about 25 minutes south of campus.
  • The Center at Donaldson includes a sustainable farm sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is located about 45 minutes south of campus.

Sustainable Development

  • Notre Dame's Institute for Global Development works on projects throughout the developing world, including many involving renewable energy, water access, and other sustainability issues.
  • Let's Share the Sun, founded by Notre Dame alumni, works to bring solar energy to schools and families in Haiti and elsewhere in the developing world.

Urban Agriculture

  • Unity Gardens is network of over 50 community gardens in and around South Bend dedicated to educating the community on nutrition and growing their own food and providing healthy produce to those who are disadvantaged.
  • The New Orleans Food and Farms Network offers a Grower's Guide that contains information relevant to urban grower's everywhere.