Rachel Novick

Dr. Rachel Novick, Director

Professor 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 Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biological Sciences, where she teaches marine biology. She has served 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.


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Alex Hajek, Program Coordinator

Alex helps to plan and execute  academic and social programming for the Sustainability Minor.  He is responsible for communications with students, faculty, and Notre Dame's Sustainability Alumni Network. Alex also represents the Sustainability Minor on several campus committees, including the University Working Group on Sustainability Research & Education. Alex graduated from the College of Wooster in 2017 and previously worked as a researcher and consultant. He is currently pursuing a Master's in Environmental Engineering at Notre Dame.



Natalie Ambrosio

Natalie Ambrosio, Communications Specialist

Natalie is responsible for conducting interviews with students and alumni and reporting on news and events for the Sustainability Minor. Natalie graduated from Notre Dame in January 2017, with a major in Environmental Science and a minor in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy. Natalie is also 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.