Entering into 2023, The Center for a Sustainable Future is carrying forward with our mission, restarting projects that were paused by the pandemic, and developing a new set of initiatives for our campus and community.
We also have a new director, Zach Schrank, a sociologist at IUSB (hey, that’s me). My goal is to push forward on the trail Mike Keen and Krista Bailey began, while also charting a new path into our future. Over the past 5 months, in collaboration with the director of Sustainability Studies, Matt Shockey, graduate students in the Strategic Sustainability Leadership program, and undergraduate Sustainability students, we have developed a roadmap for the next phase of the Center. We invite you to join us on our journey.
As we begin updating our website you will note several events and activities for IUSB students and residents of our community. In the weeks ahead we hope to have the following initiatives in place and ready to go.
- A Sustainability Index that operates as a catalog of sustainability-related people, organizations, and resources in the Michiana area. The Index will live on our website and be a hub for information and connection.
- A revival of our campus composting program.
- Workshops related to waste diversion, recycling, and how to dispose of hazardous household materials.
- A list of Earth Day and Earth week activities on the IUSB campus and throughout South Bend.
- An end-of-the-year collection of unwanted household products from student housing to be donated.
- An ongoing book or film series open to students, faculty, and community.
- A Seeing Systems workshop group open to the public.
- An honors student film, in collaboration with the Center and hosted on our website, set as a conversation with Gen Z students at IUSB about their thoughts on Climate Change and the future.
Check back soon and let us know if you would like to be involved.