Sustainability & Innovation Series 2019

Wednesday evenings
Wiekamp Hall 1001 (map)

Can’t make it in person? Join virtually! Learn how HERE

NIPSCO’s Role in Helping Drive Community Sustainability 
Kelly R. Carmichael, Vice President of Environmental for NiSource Inc, 
Kelly Davies, Commercial & Industrial Accounts Manager , NIPSCO 
NIPSCO and its parent company NiSource are recognized leaders in sustainability.  We play a vital role in helping assure our communities continue to thrive and grow long term.  Join us to learn and discuss what NIPSCO is doing to be a sustainability partner.   

Kelly R. Carmichael is the Vice President of Environmental for NiSource Inc. His 20 years of professional experience includes various technical and management positions in the environmental field primarily for the utility and steel industries.  In 2001, he joined NiSource and has held several positions, focusing on sustainability and environmental conservation, permitting, regulatory analysis and environmental improvement plan development. In his current position he oversees the environmental policy, permitting, compliance and sustainability functions for NiSource.  Under Kelly’s leadership, NiSource established its first comprehensive sustainability program, now nationally recognized as a leading approach to sustainability.  NiSource is one of only four utilities nationwide in its sector to be named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. 

Kelly received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Illinois State University, as well as, a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Kelley Davies advises Major Account customers on their energy needs as an Account Manager for NIPSCO.  Carrying 10 years of experience with the company, she started as a Project Engineer working to provide both electric and gas services to customers and soon specialized in connecting customers to the electrical grid using renewable resources.  Her knowledge and interest in sustainability propelled with her as she transitioned into her role into NIPSCO Major Accounts.  Within that role, she is an Energy Advisor to the largest commercial and industrial customers; synchronizing their energy usage profile to the best tariff rate, coordinating large expansion projects, and ensuring capitalization on offered energy incentives.  Currently she is a member of the City of South Bend Green Ribbon Commission as a representative for NIPSCO, providing demand-side management perspectives for the group.  She volunteers time as a Community Advisor for St. Joseph County Shirley Heinze Land Trust. 

Kelley holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Trine University in Angola, IN as well as an MBA from Indiana University South Bend.  She plans on pursuing certification to become an AEE Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) in Spring of 2019.

Roots, Webs and Nests: Place-Based Community Organizing
Environmental Network of Northern Indiana 
The Environmental Network of Northern Indiana promotes a healthy, thriving, diverse, biodiverse community in Northern Indiana and Southwestern Michigan.  We build coalitions of individuals and organizations to work with area governments to ensure that environmental and community wellness are primary considerations in decision-making.  Join us to learn about ENNI’s beginnings, the cultivation of our network and platforms for creating change in our community!
Environmental Network of Northern Indiana
Pervious, Permeable, and Porous Surfaces ….. how they relate to stormwater management!
Mark Walker, Director of Business Development, Kuert Concrete
Low Impact Development (LID) regulations are pushing for advanced water management technology that will preserve environmental quality and mimic the pre‐development watershed hydrology of the site. Learn about ways to produce cost-effective Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) while maximizing developable land. Mark will explain and explore “The 3‐P’s” (Permeable, Pervious, and Porous surfaces) by covering:
  • How to identify the goal when considering stormwater runoff,
  • Defining the different characteristics of Pervious, Permeable, and Porous surfaces,
  • How these different surfaces relate to stormwater management,
  • Maintenance procedures when defining a BMP.
This subject is currently one of the most talked about within America today due to recent EPA and legislative mandates. Come learn from Mark, a leader and key speaker on this topic across the midwest, and stay for Q&A and lively, solution-oriented conversation.
Mark Walker is the Director of business development for Kuert Concrete, the oldest central-batch, ready-mix concrete operation in America (Est. in 1927). In addition to serving this position, Mark serves as a member / consultant with several Great Lakes States professional organizations such as individual state chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Seven different Floodplain & Stormwater Management Associations and is an elected board member of the Indiana Association for Floodplain & Stormwater Management (INAFSM). As an educator in handling certain stormwater, erosion control, sustainability, and urban infrastructure issues, Mark also leads Kuert Supply Centers hardscape division, involving contractor training and outdoor living design / consultation.
Mark was raised in Saginaw, Michigan and holds a degree in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurialism from Purdue University. He is an active lecturer, writer, presenter and facilitator with a passion for community building and neighborhood development. Mark’s interests include beekeeping and supporting the Boy Scouts of America. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.
An Accessible Region through Active Transportation
Alaina Parrish, Active Transportation Planner, Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) & Zach Dripps, Deputy Director, MACOG
The daily decisions we each make on how to travel has an impact on our communities, the broader region, and beyond. MACOG is working to create an accessible, connected active transportation network that can provide individuals with more choices throughout the region. By developing long-range plans, funding active transportation projects, creating a regional trail brand, and providing technical assistance to local governments, MACOG is envisioning a healthier future.   
Alaina Parrish joined MACOG in 2018 in the new Active Transportation Planner position created to implement the vision of the Regional Active Transportation Plan and support local communities. She holds a BS in City and Regional Planning with a minor in Global Public Health from The Ohio State University. In her spare time, she enjoys running and exploring the Michiana region.
Zach Dripps has been with MACOG for 10 years and has a variety of experiences ranging from transportation to community planning and active transportation plans to watershed management. Currently, he is the Deputy Director and oversees all planning activities at MACOG. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 young children.
Flatland Vistas: How to Find and Appreciate the Surprising and Uncelebrated Beauty of Nature in the Midwest
Vince Gresham, naturalist, field technician/Nursery Marketing Coordinator, Cardno Native Plant Nursery
Those who appreciate wildlife and natural beauty often look to the West, its bear, bison, wolves and huge areas of unbroken wilderness. Nature seekers who feel that they must escape the Midwest, though, may be overlooking the incredibly diverse flora and fauna of our prairies, forests and wetlands.
Naturalist Vince Gresham will share images and video of some of Michiana’s most surprising wildlife, from boldly colored birds that look as if they have been transplanted from the Amazon rainforest, to tiny wasps that develop within the caterpillars in your tomato garden. Vince will show how and
where to find these and other natural wonders in Michiana.
Vince Gresham grew up in Michiana, exploring the parks, streams, rivers and vacant wooded lots of Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan. He turned his interest in nature into a career in natural resources, working as a naturalist at Potato Creek State Park, the St. Joseph County Parks and Rum Village Nature Center. Later he taught Environmental Studies at Greene Environmental Learning Center. He is now a field technician at Cardno Native Plant Nursery where he collects native seed from locations around Northern Indiana and creates environmental education content for various media . He recently became a co-host of Outdoor Elements on WNIT.
Sustainability in Practice: A Panel Discussion
Featuring: Roger DePoy, EE & Consumer Program Coordinator, Indiana Michigan Power; Tim Powers & Tyler Kanczuzewski, Inovateus Solar; Adam Parsons, Facilities Manager, City of South Bend; Allison Mihalich, Senior Program Director, Office of Sustainability, University of Notre Dame; Rachel Smith,  Field Engineer, Lockheed Martin; Chief Steve Cox, SBFD
Gain a better understanding of what energy efficiency is all about and how you can be incentivized for improving energy efficiency at home, school, or work. The panel will offer a “behind the scenes” view into how the University of Notre Dame, the City of South Bend, and area businesses are meeting their sustainability goals. Representatives from Inovateus Solar will offer a “primer” about Solar PV systems and how they operate. 

Roger DePoy works for Indiana Michigan Power as the Energy Efficiency and Consumer Program Coordinator. He has nearly 40 years of experience in managing large facilities such as shopping malls and hospitals, and has concentrated on reducing energy consumption, through such measures as lighting retrofits and mechanical upgrades. Roger has a B.A. from Albion College, and is a Certified Energy Manager

Rachel Smith is a Field Engineer with Lockheed Martin, focusing on commercial and industrial energy efficiency projects, in the Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan Service Territories with Indiana Michigan Power.  Rachel’s background is in mechanical energy retrofit projects, building automation systems, commercial refrigeration systems, energy management and capital project planning.  She is the current President of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA Michiana).  Additionally, she serves the USGBC Northern Indiana Chapter and sits on the committee for the USGBC Mid-Michigan Chapter Green Schools Commission.  Rachel holds her EMIT and LEED Green Associate certifications.

Tyler Kanczuzewski is the Director of Solar Supply at Inovateus Solar, a South Bend based solar energy firm. Tyler currently manages supply operations and its business development. Under his stewardship, the supply team has grown steadily to cultivate and support a wide range of partners and end users in the Midwest. He started with Inovateus as the Warehouse Manager in 2010, and then became Director of Supply in 2012.  Tyler has been a board member of the Indiana Renewable Energy Association since 2013, serving as its president for two years (2014-2016). Tyler has also been an advisory member of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association.

Tyler graduated from Holy Cross College with a Liberal Arts degree, majoring in Business and playing on the golf team. He is currently finishing his MBA with a Sustainability Emphasis from Grand Valley State University, and will be done in May, 2019.  Utilizing his education, industry experience, and professional network, Tyler strives to make the environment cleaner through renewable solar energy by providing the best quality service to solar customers and partners. Tyler is passionate about making a positive impact on those around him, and helping the world think and be more sustainable. He is a conservationist, adventurer, outdoorsman, musician and golfer.

Allison Mihalich serves as the Senior Program Director in the Office of Sustainability at the University of Notre Dame, responsible for facilitating the University’s sustainability small working groups and advancing the University’s progress towards achieving their sustainability goals. Prior to coming to Notre Dame in February, Allison spent four years at the Environmental Protection
Agency working on Sustainability issues across agency operations. Allison began her career in sustainability strategic planning and metrics development for the Federal Government at Department of Energy in 2009 and has expertise in leading strategic planning efforts, communications planning, budget formulation and execution, and collaborating with a wide array of
stakeholders to advance sustainability goals.

Allison received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Geography from George Washington University and also received an Executive Masters of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech. She also holds a certificate in Geographic Information Systems from George Washington

Timothy Powers, Research and Policy Associate, Inovateus Solar.  Tim specializes in solar project origination and development for utility scale and commercial projects.  Specifically, he uses state and federal policy to determine the best markets and opportunities for large-scale solar in the Midwest.  Tim earned a graduate certificate in Strategic Sustainability Leadership at IU South Bend.


Green Burials
J. Patrick McGann
President and 6th Generation Operator/Owner
McGann Hay Funerals / Cremations / Gatherings

This event is part of the St. Joseph County NEA Big Read series related to the book Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, written by Roz Chast, a longtime cartoonist for the New Yorker.

Hear from IUSB alum, area resident and businessman, and active community member J. Patrick McGann about Green Burials. During his talk, he will address the following questions:

  • What is a Green Burial, and where did this idea originate?
  • Isn’t it  a law to be embalmed and to use a burial vault?
  • Are there options in Michiana?
  • What is the environmental impact of a Green Burial v. Traditional Burial or                  Cremation?
  • How much does a Green Burial Cost?
  • What about my family and religious traditions?

Bring an open mind and your questions and learn something new!

J. Partick McGann has worked in his family business for 52 years starting at the age of 15. Along with his two brothers they ran an ambulance service here for many years and he was among the first generation of Paramedics in the state, their license number was one. He purchased the funeral business in 1978 from his grandfather who bought the Notre Dame Undertaking Parlor in 1911.  The operation was begun in 1842 by then Fr. Sorin one of the original seven French Missionaries who came to found the University, Bro Francis Xavier, making McGann Hay is the oldest funeral business in Indiana and the oldest business of any kind here in South Bend.

He attended Adams High School, Holy Cross College, IUPUI, IUSB and the Indiana College of Mortuary Science. Mr. McGann has a long record of community involvement being past president of a number of organizations and serving on the boards of: the Rotary Club, YMCA, Camp Eberhart, American Red Cross, Camp Tannadoonah, American Heart Association, Camp Fire Girls and The National Ski Patrol, as well as being active in his church.

He and his recently retired wife (from Notre Dame) Tessa have four grown children and is the proud “Papa” of eight grandchildren.  They live in Granger with a summer home on Birch Lake in Michigan where he is Sailing Fleet Captain and Vice-Commodore of the Birch Lake Yacht Club.  Mr. McGann enjoys sailing, downhill skiing, golf, fishing and travel but most of all spending time with family and friends.  He tries to live by his belief that “you should always be either learning or teaching.”

Reinventing CSO Solutions Through Intelligent Urban Watersheds
Kieran Fahey, IntPE. Long-term Control Plan Director, City of South Bend
South Bend is subject to a federally enforced mandate to implement a long-term plan requiring the City to make certain prescribed changes to its combined sewer system. This represents the single biggest Public Works project ever attempted by the City; when fully financed and repaid the cost of this project would be more than one billion dollars- $10,000 for every man, woman and child. Recognizing and fully embracing the importance of the project to the environment, yet constrained by simply not being able to afford the plan, the City has devised its own alternative- a smarter, greener alternative that will save hundreds of millions of dollars yet still attain the same environmental benefit.
(this event rescheduled from original date of January 30, when the city and IU South Bend campus were closed due to inclement weather)

Kieran Fahey is the City of South Bend’s combined sewers long-term control plan Director. A native of Ireland, he previously spent a decade with the Irish EPA. He also worked with the Irish Government’s Department of Agriculture and as a senior expert consulting on a range of environmental engineering assignments throughout the European Union and Middle-East.

Kieran is currently reimagining, rewriting and renegotiating the remaining 85% of South Bend’s $860 million CSO long-term control plan. He is an environmental scientist and engineer (International Professional Engineer) and he lives in South Bend.

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