Center sponsored events: Rain barrel Auction (L) by Gary Mester; Food Summit keynote speaker Oran Hesterman (R)


From the Center 

Welcome Week
IU South Bend
August 21-22
11:00am - 2:00pm

Ongoing Events

South Bend Green Drinks

South Bend Green Drinks Professional Networking Gathering
3rd Tuesday of each month

Location rotates among local establishments in South Bend. See the South Bend Green Drinks website or Facebook page for more information.

Elkhart Green Drinks Professional Networking Gathering
2nd Wednesday of each month

Location rotates among local establishments in Elkhart. See the Elkhart Green Drinks website or Facebook page for more information.

Sunset Coast Green Drinks Professional Networking Gathering
St. Joe/Benton Harbor
3rd Wednesday of each month

Location rotates. See the Sunset Coast Green Drinks website for more information. 

Sound of the Environment
The first Wednesday of every month
12:00 noon
Goshen, IN
Feel free to bring a sack lunch and hear from an interesting presenter and participate in a lively discussion geared to all things which can and do affect the environment.

Free Electronics Recycling
Last Wednesday of the month
Habitat ReStore
2411 S Main St
South Bend, IN
For more information: 574-232-4911 or

Tour Sustainable South Bend

Some featured tours to highlight, support, and showcase locations, parks, and businesses that feature green infrastructure. They feature LEED certified buildings, community gardens, native species wildflower lots, rain gardens, and sustainable practices that currently exist throughout the city of South Bend. They allow for a guided real time tour, or an online tour.

National/International Events

America Recycles Day
November 15

World Water Day
March 22 

Earth Hour
8:30pm on a Saturday in March. Click here to find when the next one is. 

Earth Day
22 April 

Past Events

Earth Day Reception 
April 20, 2017
See pictures here


Project H.O.P.E. April 22 12-4pm

Just Eat It. Film Screening       >Free Admission<

Thursday March 30 6:30-8:30pm

IU South Bend Education & Arts Building Rm 1011

Sustainability and Innovation Lecture Series 

Art of Sustainabilty Mural Unveiling 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 2:30-3:45pm

Backstage of the theater in Northside Hall

Sustainabilty Showcase of Ideas

Friday, November 18, 2016 8am- 9:30am  OR  12pm- 1:30pm

River Crossing Campus Housing - IU South Bend

1735 Titan Drive, South Bend, Indiana 46613

Community Garden Volunteer Night

Monday, November 14, 2016

Campus Garden behind Student Housing

Environmental Network Kickoff

Hosted by our Sustainability Fellows Kristi Haas & Jen Betz

Thursday, November 17 6:30-8:30pm

River Crossing Community Building (Study Room)

Sustainability Showcase of Ideas

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 5pm- 6:30pm

River Crossing Campus Housing - IU South Bend

1735 Titan Drive, South Bend, Indiana 46613

Food For Thought Community Engagement Breakfast Series

Wednesday November 2, 2016

Garden Volunteer Night

Monday October 10 4-7pm

IU South Bend College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Scholors Gala

Saturday October 1, 2016 5-7pm 

July 15th, 2016 5:30-9pm
Seeing Green
July 18-22 from 1pm-4pm

Welcome Week

Table in the Campus Mall
Begins at 11am

Mike's Second Life Celebration

Now that he has retired from IU South Bend, he has started Thrive Michiana, LLC, a sustainability consulting group. To recognize his time spent at IU South Bend, most recently creating the Center for a Sustainable Future and the Sustainability Studies program, Mike celebrated by raising money to fund scholarships to enable underserved students from the Michiana area to study sustainability.

This Changes Everything.
April 20th, 2016 7pm

Lecture Series graphic

2016 Sustainability & Innovation Lecture Series

Free and open to the public. Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm in Wiekamp Hall Room 1001.

Jan 20: Angie Nelson, Public Affairs Director, NIPSCO 

Jan 27: John Harris, Principle, a5 Branding and Interactive 

Feb 3: TJ Kanczuzewski, President, Inovateus Solar 

Feb 10: Jan Pilarski and Chris Tidmarsh, Directors, Green Bridge Growers 

Feb 17: Doug Way, VP of Administration and Management, 1st Source Bank 

Feb 24: Therese Dorau, Director, South Bend Office of Sustainability 

Mar 2: Boniface Njuguna, Founder, Green Youth Foundation 

Mar 9: Dave Case, President, DJ Case and Associates 

Mar 16: Spring Break

Mar 23: Becky Reimbold, Proprietor, Just Goods 

Mar 30: Greg Koehler, Manager, Purple Porch Co-op 

Apr 6: Robert Colangelo, President, Green Sense Farms 

E-Waste Recycling Fest
May 9-10, 2014
9:00am - 2:00pm each day

IU South Bend 

April Showers Music Composition
Premieres by Marjorie Rusche (Center Fellow Alumna)
Saturday, April 12th. 2014 at 4pm

Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall Northside Hall

Earth Day Reception
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
IU South Bend University Grill

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Dinner and a Book
Saturday, April 26, 10:30 am & Monday, April 28, 8:30 pm
Channel 34.2

GreenTown Michiana 2.0
April 22, 2014
DoubleTree Hotel
Downtown South Bend

Sustainability (virtual) Lecture Night
Monday, April 14, 2014
Featuring Majora Carter - Local Eco-Entrepreneurship

IU South Bend Alumni Room 

4th Annual Growing Summit: A Learning Event
March  28th, 29th & 30th  
Keynote Friday at 7:00pm
Doors open 8:30 am on Saturday 

Film screening “Food Patriots” at 4:00pm
Doors open at 9:30 on Sunday 
Wiekamp Hall, IU South Bend campus

Monday, February 24, 2014
 Ron Finley & Pam Warhurst – The Future of Food/How We Can Eat Our Landscapes
5th Floor, IU South Bend Schurz Library

Saturday, March 1, 2014
TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat
IU South Bend Education and Arts Bldg, Rm 1011

Sustainability (virtual) Lecture Night
Monday, November 25, 2013
Featuring Bill Ford, executive chair of the Ford Motor Company
IU South Bend Elkhart Center
Rm 221
Download the flyer HERE

GreenTown Michiana
October 10&11, 2013
DoubleTree Hotel
Downtown South Bend, IN
You can still see our flyer for information on this event.

GreenTown Michiana Pre Conference Workshops 
(separate registration required - only $20!)
Thursday, October 10, 2013
DoubleTree Hotel
Downtown South Bend,. IN

Featuring Amory Lovins - Reinventing FireMonday, September 16, 2013

IU South Bend Alumni Room 

Rain Barrel Ball
Saturday September 7, 2013
Century Center
Downtown South Bend

Connecting Our Local FoodshedLocal Foodshed event flyer
Saturday, June 8, 2013
10:00am - 1:00pm
Goshen Farmers Market

Earth Day Reception
Monday, April 22, 2013
IU South Bend

E-Waste Recycling Fest
May 10-11, 2013
IU South Bend

Sustainability & Innovation: The Natural Step to Prosperity
March 29, 2013
IU South Bend
Click HERE for more information

Ignite Michiana
March 28

The State Theater
214 1/2 S Michigan St.
South Bend, IN 46601

TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat
February 16, 2013

Wiekamp Hall Rm 1001 (map HERE)
IU South Bend

Green Solutions: A Cross-Sectional Discussion
U.S. General Services Administration and Indiana University South Bend

Present Ann P. Kalayil
Regional Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration
November 1, 2012
12:00 pm -1:30 pm
IU South Bend Administration Building
Alumni Room, 2nd Floor
1700 Mishawaka Ave, South Bend, IN 46634

Want to know more? Download the flyer HERE

Community Energy Day Tours
Saturday September 29, 2012

Local Food Projects: Tour and Learn!
A series of event to see what's growing on around Michiana and beyond. All events are free and open to the public.
Growing Power
Wednesday, September 12
Purple Porch Co-op
Lang Lab (1302 High St, South Bend)

Rise Up Farms/Elkhart Local Food Alliance
Saturday, September 15
9:30 yoga; 10:30 tour

Goshen Market Tours & Talks
Tuesday September 18

Transition Michiana: Building a healthy, sustainable economic future for South Bend and the surrounding area.
January 24-26, 2013
Salvation Army Kroc Center, South Bend