School Ambassador Profile: Indiana University, Center for a Sustainable Future
The Center for a Sustainable Future is taking the lead role in further turning IU South Bend into the ideal green campus: one that has turned itself into a learning organization in which every person on campus understands the basic principles of sustainability and is putting them into practice one step at a time.
After implementing the first undergraduate minor in Sustainability Studies in the state of Indiana, the Center is starting courses in the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Sustainability Leadership as of January, 2014. A 5-course certificate, it is embedded in the Masters of Liberal Studies program for those wishing to pursue a Masters. It can also be taken as a stand-alone certificate. Evening classes, one of which is a sustainable food course, meet once a week.Since it’s establishment in 2008, the Center has developed new sustainability curriculum, facilitated research in sustainability, and fostered civic engagement through community participation. The Center strives to engage the campus and greater Michiana communities in creating a future focused on the “triple bottom line:” choices that are good for people and the planet, as well as profits, and that take into account ecological and social performance.
The Center’s You Tube channel is filled with fun student sustainability-oriented videos such as Recycling Cyclers and a series of three videos that offer an Introduction to Sustainability based on a popular workshop we deliver in our community and on campus.
In the area? Check out upcoming events with the Center for a Sustainable Future:
January 18, 2014: Earth Friendly Eating community event takes place at the main library in downtown South Bend. Featuring networking, area resources, library resources, a keynote from the Soil And Water Conservation District, a panel discussion on area residents’ “Nutrition Evolution,” vendors, live music, and door prizes.
February 24, 2014: Sustainability Lecture Event at IU South Bend. This event will be held in Schurz Library among the Lexicon display. The Lectures will be virtually presented and will feature Ron Finley & Pam Warhurst on The Future of Food and How We Can Eat Our Landscapes, respectively. Following the talks will be a live local panel discussing how the same approaches and philosophies are happening in Michiana. A reception and networking period will follow.
The Center partners with local public TV station, WNIT, to produce a series of interviews on sustainability in the region. These “Talking Sustainability” pieces can be viewed via the Center’s news page. This past fall, two complete shows were produced focusing entirely on sustainability in action in Michiana. The Center for a Sustainable Future’s Assistant Director, Krista Bailey, also hosted an interview with a local car dealership working to go off grid: