Green Michiana: A Sustainability Fair for Home, Garden and Road at IUSB on Saturday, April 12th, featured vendors and organizations presenting alternatives in lifestyle choices to encourage sustainability for a healthier planet.  Gary Gilot, Public Works Director for the city of South Bend was on hand to answer questions about steps the city is taking to address sustainability; one major step by the city includes redesigning storm runoff systems to prevent sewage overflows into the river.  Attendees were encouraged to bring in plastic bags, styrofoam and used computers for recycling.

In upcoming posts, I will have estimates of attendance and amount of materials gathered for recycling.  I will also include a video of attendees and organizers interviewed by the St Joe Valley Greens.  In the meantime, here are a few photos from Green Michiana: 


Gail Spitzer is happy to share her knowledge of Spin Farming and community garden initiatives with Ken Smith.

Biking aficionados encourage citizens to bike and public officials to provide safe biking causeways 

Biking groups were on hand to promote cycling for fitness, fun and transportation.  These organizations are also working to create a bike-friendly Indiana.


Musicians entertain attendees in the Grille at IUSB’s Green Michiana

Just Goods, a locally-owned boutique offers fair-trade, sustainably produced clothing, accessories and household goods.

Diana Mendelsohn, Master Gardener, Environmental educator and member of the St Joseph County Recycle Advisory Board as well as the South Bend Tree Advisory Board, explains the importance of sustainability to visitors at her table.


Wal-Mart representatives give away re-usable shopping bags to help their customers kick the plastic bag habit.

Two visitors at IUSB’s Green Michiana inspect an electric car owned by Mike Keen and Gabrielle Robinson.