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Volume 4, Issue 2
  From the Assistant Director's DeskLearn Do Sustain - Upcoming EventsSustainable Business Spotlight - People of the Future: FireSoul
 - The Gift of Friendship Know the News

Krista Bailey

From the Assistant Director's Desk

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Early this summer, I traveled out of the country for a conference. Sound exotic? Excessive? Or, does it sound like unwelcome drudgery? I wasn't sure what to expect aside from being in the presence of many practitioners, business people, authors, and academics focused on sustainablity from across the globe. The event, Accelerate: Collaborating for Sustainability,organized by The Natural Step of Canada, was designed to bring together over 200 leaders, social innovators, and decision makers from large and small businesses, corporations, higher education institutions, government, non-profits, social enterprises, social venture capital firms and more in exploring how we can effectively collaborate to create a sustainable future. The opportunity to hear from world-class sustainability experts and industry leaders on topics such as “Why Collaboration Matters,” “Redefining Success,” and “Exploring Collective Impact and Shared Value” seemed especially timely as locally we plan for GreenTown Michiana, which is designed to foster regional collaboration on shared issues and projects. Plus, conference materials promised I would have the opportunity "to network with sustainability professionals from a variety of sectors and industries, collaborate and share my expertise with others, and participate in collective action to accelerate the change toward sustainability." I figured I had better be on my best behavior, be ready to share the good work going on in Michiana, and be ready to learn and absorb and interact as much as possible. More HERE



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Energizing Indiana

Learn - Do - Sustain

Graduate Certificate in Strategic Sustainability Leadership
This new and innovative program will be offered at IU South Bend beginning in January, 2014. Find out about the program, the undergraduate minor in Sustainability Studies, and what this degree can offer HERE.

Talking Sustainability on WNIT
Tune in to local programming and be turned on to who's who in area sustainability efforts. As part of WNIT's Experience Michiana program, the Center hosts weekly "Talking Sustainability" segments. Learn how a wide variety of organizations and activities work to balance the oftentimes competing demands of environment, economy, and society. This summer watch for interviews with individuals from South Bend and Goshen,, and sneak peeks at GreenTown Michiana. See a recent episode HERE

Talking Sustainability: The Blog! 
Our students are busy practicing and talking and BLOGGING on sustainability. "Wine Bottle Edging," "Social Sustainability," "Sustainable Pig Farming," and "Things that Persist in Nature" are some of the latest and greatest posts. Read them and more HERE.

Enerigizing Indiana
These *free* assessments can help raise your home's performance, lower energy consumption, improve in-home air quality, and increase your home's value. PLUS you get a free energy efficiency prodcut package and a report about what energy saving features would be best for your home.
+For each one completed, the Center receives a donation of $25 - or more! Learn more and schedule yours HERE

 Greening the Bend


Upcoming Events

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

The Center sponsors up to five Fellows each year, and this year one fellow has launched Greening the Bend, a new non-profit, seeks to bolster a renaissance in South Bend by promoting green spaces and human-friendly urban features that protect water and our River as a precious natural resource. The goal is social, economic, and environmental benefits for the South Bend area.To raise funds for the first "green" project, a green roof on top of the Century Center, GTB is hosting the Rain Barrel Ball. Featuring unique live and silent auction items, as well as a rain barrel auction of barrels painted by area artists and artist groups, including women at St Margaret's House and local school children. Learn more and buy tickets HERE

GreenTown Michiana

Thursday & Friday October 10-11, 2013
DoubleTree Hotel / Downtown South Bend, IN
GreenTown brings together the public sector and the private sector to “connect the dots”, to inspire and to work together to remake our communities. From healthy living to local food, energy to green infrastructure, water to outdoor space, GreenTown is designed to help create sustainable communities. Learn more and register HERE.

Sustainability Lecture Series
We will be bringing the great minds in sustainability to campus - virtually - to speak from a variety of perspectives and direct experience. A live local panel of individuals in fields related to the speaker will provide post-lecture guided discussion.
Each event includes networking, refreshments, the talk, and a panel discussion. Lectures from Ron Finley, Amory Lovins, Bill Ford, Majora Carter, and Pam Warhurst will take place during the academic year in September, November, February, and April. Updates will be posted on our Events page, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

Learn more about these and other events HERE.


Sustainable Business Spotlight

Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve
Fernwood's Mission: To enrich people's lives by awakening and deepening their appreciation of nature and the possibilities of harmony between people, plants, gardens, and wildlife.

What Makes Fernwood unique in terms of its sustainability practices: Education and hands-on learning have always been key components at Fernwood.

To learn more: click HERE.

Doug Way

People of the Future: FireSoul Doug Way

Shortly after joining 1st Source Bank 19 years ago, Doug Way began to look for ways to make the organization more sustainable. His first initiative was to head a team looking for a better way to dispose of the mountains of confidential paper the offices produced…. His next major initiative in his quest to find new ways of both saving money and the planet was lighting. Learn more about Doug’s accomplishments as a sustainability champion HERE.

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Give the Gift of Friendship

Be a Friend of the future. Give a gift that truly keeps on giving, not only to the environment but also to future generations. With your help, we can make South Bend a greener city through both education and action. Please visit our website to learn more about how you can give to the Center by becoming a Friend of the Future.
Learn more HERE 



Know the News

Talking Sustainability: The Blog! We are out and about on campus and community, and we want to tell you all about the fascinating things we have seen and done - and how you can learn and do sustainable stuff, too! Check out our blog and soon you'll be Talking Sustainability everywhere YOU go!

Click HERE and tune in to the “Sustain the Future” YouTube channel

The Center’s Facebook page is a great way to connect, learn, and find out what is happening in the Michiana sustainability community. “Like” us HERE.
Pin It! Tweet It! Our social media outreach is growing - grow with us and be part of the conversation!

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December, 2012

February, 2013