Rachel Novick

Rachel Novick, Director

Dr. Novick leads the development of new curriculum and academic programming for the Sustainability Minor. She holds a Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Yale University and a Master's in Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Dr. Novick is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biological Sciences, where she teaches marine biology. In the local community, she serves on the Ecological Advisory Council for South Bend Parks and is a member of the St. Joseph County Advisory Council for the Shirley Heinze Land Trust. She is a LEED AP in Building Design & Construction and offers consulting services on green building and sustainability education.


Carly Hubers

Carly Hubers, Program Coordinator

Carly is responsible for coordinating and helping to execute the academic and social programming for the Sustainability Minor, as well communicating with the extensive Sustainability Alumni Network. She graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in Psychology and holds an M.A. from Western Theological Seminary with a focus on student development. Carly previously lived in South Dakota, where she worked for the McGovern Center at Dakota Wesleyan University, responsible for campus-wide programming around social justice, community engagement, and service.




Natalie Ambrosio

Natalie Ambrosio, Communications Specialist

Natalie is responsible for conducting spotlight interviews with sustainability students and alumni and reporting on news and events for the Sustainability Minor. Natalie graduated from Notre Dame in January 2017, with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and also completed the Gallivan program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy. In addition to providing content for the sustainability studies website, Natalie is the Editor at Four Twenty Seven, a market intelligence firm based in Berkeley, CA that specializes in the economic risks of climate change. The firms brings climate data to corporations, investors and governments, helping them build resilience to the impacts of climate change.




Tai Verburgge

Tai Verbrugge, Student Intern

Tai is responsible for promoting the Sustainability Minor and campus sustainability events, keeping the Sustainability Studies website up to date, and managing the Minor's social media accounts. He'll graduate from the Mendoza College of Business in 2019, with a degree in Accountancy and a minor in Sustainability. He previously served as the first Vice President of Dunne Hall and as a Sustainability Specialist for Campus Dining.