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Sustainability and Innovation Lecture Series

Jan 19, 2017

IU South Bend’s Center for a Sustainable Future presents its fourth annual Sustainability and Innovation Lecture Series on Wednesday, January 25. Throughout the series, Michiana sustainability practitioners will present their initiatives, explain their triple bottom line approach, and describe their sustainability career path. All talks are interactive, informative, and provide time to connect with the speaker and South Bend’s sustainability community.

Following a 20-30 minute “TED Talk” style presentation, the speaker will be interviewed by Center Director Krista Bailey to explore issues in more depth. Following the talk and interview, audience members are invited to ask questions, meet the speaker, and mingle with other attendees. Talks take place on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm on the IU South Bend campus in Wiekamp Hall Room 1001. No reservations are required; however, seating is limited.

January 25 – Steve Sass & Scott Namestnik; South Bend, “The Lydick Corridor: How Preserving Ecosystems Grows a Sustainable Future”
February 1 – Jim Grandholm, Green Earth Electronics; St. Joseph, MI, “The Three R’s of Electronics Recycling”
February 8 – Maureen Sertich, North America Sustainability Lead, Whirlpool Corporation; Benton Harbor, MI, “Climate Change – Is it Real?”
February 15 – Eli Williams, Executive Director, The LGBTQ Center, South Bend, “Sustainability and Self-Care”
February 22 – Luis Montrestruque, Ph.D., President, CTO, EmNet, LLC; South Bend, “Sewer Pipes That Think: reducing pollution in the St. Joseph River with intelligent sewer systems”
March 1 – Willow Wetherall, Ignite Michiana; South Bend, “The road to adaptive reuse: The integration of sustainable design, the triple bottom line, and technology in the Studebaker Redevelopment Initiative”
March 8 – Jon Michael Meier, Eaton Corporation; South Bend, “Doing Business Right: Working Towards Zero”
March 22 – Greg Kil, Kil Architenture Planning; South Bend, “Sustainable Design Strategies”
March 29 – Brook Hardy and Aireal Newbill, The Local Cup; South Bend, “Brewing Up Sustainability: How a Neighborhood Coffee Shop became an Incubator of Innovative Action”
April 5 – Dwayne Borkholder, New Energy Homes; Nappanee, IN, “Building for Nothing: The Story of Net Zero Homes”

For more information, contact the Center for a Sustainable Future at 574/520-4429 or or see the event page at


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