The Northwestern Energy and Sustainability Consortium (NESC) is an interdisciplinary organization at Northwestern University focused on creating and enhancing opportunities for all members of the Northwestern Community to engage and interact with the fields of sustainability and energy.
The group is open to all NU students, and welcomes members studying at any Northwestern campus around the globe.
Mission: The purpose of NESC is to encourage and facilitate communication and collaboration at Northwestern University about sustainability and energy.
Broadly, this includes, but is not limited to:
Our goal is to ensure that all students at Northwestern are aware of all the energy & sustainability events on campus. Currently, many students are aware only of the energy/sustainability events that take place in their respective schools, and often NOT aware of the events happening around the entire NU campus. This causes many students to miss out on events that would have been of great interest.
Our common calendar, which strives to list all events on campus, is the first step in increasing awareness across campus. It can be found at: http://isen.northwestern.edu/events/
We are working to increase collaboration between schools on issues of energy/sustainability at NU. Currently, there is low “cross-pollination” of ideas among engineering students, law students, MBA students, and journalism students etc. Our hope is that by enhancing the constant interaction (formal and informal) between students, we will witness an increase in the commercialization of clean technologies and clean tech entrepreneurship.
To do this, we have created:
- Clean tech monthly brown bag lunches open to all students. The first lunch will be held on Nov 14th, 2011 in Room: TBD. The topic will be organic photovoltaics
- Bi-weekly networking nights. Time and Location TBD.
Currently, when a large-scale energy/sustainability event needs to be planned, support only comes from students within a particular school, not the entire campus. We are therefore limited in the number of industry contacts and discussion topics, limiting our ability to plan large, impactful campus wide events.
Our plan is to have a monthly meeting with representatives of all NU energy/sustainability groups to help coordinate larger scale and larger impact events.
For more information, contact Anuj Saigal (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mark Silberg (email@example.com)