Greetings, Sustainability Board members!
By popular request, here is your first monthly update on the top events and plans going on at the Center for a Sustainable Future at IU South Bend.
- As part of communicating with and educating our community on sustainability, I am continuing my work with WNIT. This Thursday on WNIT’s Experience Michiana show there will be a new monthly feature “Experience Sustainable Michiana” will air (Thursdays @ 7pm (34.1), Saturdays @ 5:30pm (34.1), Fridays @ 8:00pm (34.2), and be online after air dates. If you have ideas, please share! I am excited to let people know the “sustainable” things they can do in our area.
- In anticipation of hosting a Smithsonian exhibit on water, I will be helping kick off the Niles Library Sustainability Series this Thursday, August 30, from 6:30-7:30p, at the Niles District Library (620 East Main, Niles, MI 49120). The presentation is titled “Sustaining Resources and Communities for a Prosperous Future” Please share and attend if you can. See their site HERE for more information.
- We continue our work with the IU South Bend Carnegie Engaged Campus Task Force, helping to develop our application as a campus recognized for its community engaged work.
- Next week, the Bike South Bend committee meets to create an active transportation priority list for the city and county. Past achievements include IUSB becoming the first campus in town to have bike share bikes (Lime) available to students. They have been wildly popular, and we have not found tremendous issues with them being left in doorways, in the middle of walkways, or other strange places – rather, they are being ridden by students, faculty, and staff on a regular basis. This work has also enabled us to become one of three Bicycle Friendly Universities in the state of Indiana.
- Friday, September 14 at 9:30am is a community hike at Lydick Bog. This is the first property acquired and managed by the Shirley Heinze Land Trust (SHLT), and a crown achievement of former Sustainability Fellow and SHLT Executive Director Kris Krouse. I serve on the Community Advisory Council, with a few of you, and hope you get a chance to see this gem in our county if you haven’t already.
- Although summer is over, I am still enjoying meeting one on one with each of you. If you haven’t yet been able to find the time, I would love to hear about your experience and perspective on the board, and what we can do well and better together.
Those are the highlights for the month ahead! A final note is that over the past two weeks I have been 1) meeting with our new Dean, and 2) interviewing and hiring on up to 9 students who will be working on a range of sustainability projects on campus. Looks like a great group – hope to introduce you to many of them when we meet November 16.
If you have questions, need clarifications, or want to check in – be in touch!
Director, Center for a Sustainable Future
IU South Bend
Wiekamp Hall 2248
kob @ iusb.edu