2016-17 Class of Sustainability Fellows Announced
Indiana University South Bend’s Center for a Sustainable Future is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 class of Sustainability Fellows. Each year the Center selects Fellows who work with the faculty, staff, and community on a variety of sustainability projects and initiatives.
Fellowship Partners Jennifer Betz & Kristi Haas bring a wide range of skills and backgrounds to develop a Michiana Environmental Coalition. Jennifer, the Assistant Director of the MA Program of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, has facilitated student international experiences at Holy Cross College. Kristi works with both the Templeton Religion Trust’s program Under Caesar’s Sword and as a research associate with the Catholic Peacebuilding Network. Their vision is for a Michiana Environmental Coalition that brings together individuals, groups, and partnerships committed to action The goal is to facilitate the relationships, skills, and other foundations for a network that can both share dialogue and education and collaborate on a greater vision for a greener Michiana.
David Hurley’s career has included work with Washington, DC’s largest non-profit housing developer and community development corporation, as a major gift fundraiser for the Brothers of Holy Cross, and with the Calvert Social Investment Fund. His Fellowship project focuses on Increasing Access to Alternative Capital by investigating options for high impact social investing, developing a funding process that will identify local needs, opportunities and resources to increase availability and access to capital for local enterprises. His ultimate goal is to increase availability of alternative capital to sustainable initiatives and micro-lending resources that benefit the local community in multiple ways.
Therese “Theri” Zimmerman- Niemier of Bertrand Farm in Niles, MI, has 20 years of experience operating Bertrand Farm, an educational farm whose mission is to connect people to local food production in order to promote sustainable agriculture, health, and earth stewardship. Her Fellowship will focus on collaboratively developing and establishing small farming and environmental stewardship education. By forming an alliance of farmers and conducting regular planning meetings and outreach, the project will focus on securing resources, integrating a farming curriculum with a school’s traditional curriculum, and developing a urban farming training program.
Dave Blodgett is a well-known muralist and artist. Blodgett graduated with his Bachelors from IUSB in 1975 and got his Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Oregon in 1977. Since his graduation, Blodgett and his wife, Linda, have completed over 200 murals varying over eight states. Blodgett’s major success pairs well with the knowledge of Edwin Joseph, a professor at IUSB as they teach The Art of Sustainability together. Blodgett worked with Dr. Edwin Joseph, a professor at IUSB, as a Fellow in 2015-16 to teach SUST-S360 The Art of Sustainability together. Their class designed and installed an 8’x32’ mural depicting the history of agriculture for Green Sense Farms in Portage, IN, the largest vertical farm in America. Once again this year, their class will be designing a mural for Green Sense Farms, a vertical farm enterprise based in Portage, IN. The culmination of the first project received extensive press coverage for both the mural and the sustainability studies program. A collection of coverage can be found here.
During the course of the year, fellows will collaborate with Center faculty, staff, and students, as well as one another. Each fellow is provided with financial support from the Center to cover some of the expenses associated with their projects. Previous fellows have worked on projects such as The Local Cup, Unity Gardens, Shirley Heinz Land Trust, and Green Bridge Growers.