Message from the Director: April, 2019

This is the time of year me and my sustainability colleagues both anticipate and dread.
We are excited to see the growing interest in preserving our home for current and future generations. At the same time, in addition to our regular overloaded plates, we are overwhelmed with opportunities to talk, teach, plant trees, answer every Earth Day related question, and speak on behalf of the planet. It is a role I take seriously, and I know my colleagues do as well.

Coming up is a series of events to celebrate, educate, and engage our communities in caring for one another, our business, political, and educational communities, and caring for the environment. At the Center, we are looking forward to hosting our friends, partners, and supporters to celebrate with us at our annual Earth Day Reception & Award Ceremony. If you have attended an event, a class, or are simply interested in what is happening with sustainability in South Bend – join us! It takes place Thursday, April 18, from 5:30-7:30pm in the University Grill on the IUSB campus. We will be sharing accomplishments, outlining plans, and giving out awards to campus and community sustainability champions. Plus, we will have locally sourced and expertly crafted refreshments and project displays to stimulate your body and mind.

April 19, 2019

10 a.m. –2:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Honors and Sustainability Programs, the event will be a collaboration between IUSB, the City of South Bend Venues Parks & Arts, the Potawatomi Zoo, and SMC.

Moira Dyczko will also be inviting alumni, with a special invite going to honors alumni. The event to plant trees is part of an IU-wide initiative on all campuses. Earth Day will be IU South Bend’s version of that initiative.


  1. Panel Discussion
  2. Break Into Groups
  3. Tree Donation and Trash Pick-Up
  4. Ceremonial Plantings
  5. Lunch
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