Green Resources

WVPE is your gateway to green and sustainable resources in Michiana.

Sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This is accomplished by finding a balance between businesses, the environment, and our society (people, planet, and profit).

National and International resources on sustainability include:

Explore ways to support sustainability in the Michiana area through the Green Links Directory.

The IUSB Sustainability & Innovation Series:

All lectures will be start at 7:00 pm at 1001 Weikamp Hall on the IUSB campus.

1. JANUARY 30 -- 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. 
2. FEBRUARY 6 -- NIPSCO's Role in Helping Drive Community Sustainability 
Kelly R. Carmichael, Vice President of Environmental for NiSource Inc, Kelley 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.   
3. FEBRUARY 13 -- 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!
4. FEBRUARY 20 -- 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.
5. FEBRUARY 27 -- 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.
6. MARCH 6 -- 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.
7. MARCH 20 -- Sustainability in Practice: A Panel Discussion
Featuring: Roger DePoy, EE&CONSUMER PROGRAM COORD, Indiana Michigan Power; Tim Powers and Tyler Kanczuzewski, Inovateus Solar; Adam Parsons, Facilities Manager, City of South Bend; Allison Mihalich, Senior Program Director, Office of Sustainability, University of Notre Dame; Kirby Dipert, LEED® Green Associate and Field Engineer, Lockheed Martin Energy; Rachel Smith, 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, and representatives from Inovateus Solar  will offer a “primer” about Solar PV systems and how they operate. 


The global shipping industry is enormous — thousands of ships carry billions of dollars of goods each year across nearly every ocean on the planet.

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Maersk — the world's largest container shipping company — has an astonishing goal. By 2050, the company vows to send goods — everything from electronics to soybeans to sneakers — around the world with zero carbon emissions.

The environmental logic behind such a promise is straightforward: Shipping contributes substantially to global climate change.

But the business case is not as obvious.

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In Puerto Rico, nearly two years after hurricane Maria, the need for safe, affordable housing is still a massive challenge. "We have more than a half million people affected. And we have to build, minimum, 75,000 homes, " says Astrid Diaz, a well-known architect in Puerto Rico. She was part of a FEMA team that assessed the island's infrastructure after the storm.

Diaz often appears on television wearing her trademark yellow hardhat, promoting her "Casa Segura-Safe Homes" campaign.

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Updated at 8:26 p.m. ET

Though life-threatening flooding still poses a threat to Louisiana, weakening winds on Sunday marked Barry's downgrade from a tropical storm to a tropical depression.

The National Weather Service forecasts that the center of the storm will continue to move through northwest Louisiana toward Arkansas through Monday.

Burning Man started three decades ago as a low-key gathering of friends who celebrated summer solstice on a West Coast beach by setting a wooden man aflame.

Now, event organizers say the counterculture gathering of arts, music and communal living is eyeing attendance in the six figures, leading to a months-long struggle with federal regulators over whether its swelling size will cause long-term harm to the environment and even make the event vulnerable to a terrorist attack.

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People across southern Louisiana are spending the weekend worried about flooding. The water is coming from every direction: the Mississippi River is swollen with rain that fell weeks ago farther north, and a storm called Barry is pushing ocean water onshore while it drops more rain from above.

It's a situation driven by climate change, and one that Louisiana has never dealt with, at least in recorded history. And it's raising questions about whether New Orleans and other communities are prepared for such an onslaught.

When Michael Howard arrives for a checkup with his lung specialist, he's worried about how his body will cope with the heat and humidity of a Boston summer.

"I lived in Florida for 14 years and I moved back because the humidity was just too much," Howard tells pulmonologist Mary Rice, as he settles into an exam room chair at a Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare clinic.

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We already know how to stop many cancers before they start, scientists say. But there's a lot more work to be done.

"Around half of cancers could be prevented," said Christopher Wild in the opening session of an international scientific meeting on cancer's environmental causes held in June. Wild is the former director of the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Updated at 7:35 a.m. ET Friday

Thousands of people who were evacuated from parts of central Maui on Thursday after a large fire broke out over parched land are returning to their homes following the blaze, which scorched 10,000 acres. The fire fed on large swaths of fallow, former sugar cane fields and dry brush, Hawaii officials told NPR.

Yet the fire is still burning on the island, according to Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino.