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. 


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Friday News Roundup - International

Aug 16, 2019

In the disputed territory of Kashmir, Pakistan’s army said three of its soldiers and five Indian soldiers are dead after an exchange of fire at the border.

Indian government officials denied the claim, saying that there were no Indian fatalities.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Aug 16, 2019

This week, the Trump administration announced new regulations that would significantly decrease the number of immigrants who can legally enter and remain in the U.S.

CNN reports:

One of the biggest fears of the fresh fruit industry just came true.

A fungal disease that has been destroying banana plantations in Asia has arrived in Latin America.

"For me, the worst moment was [seeing] the first pictures," says Fernando Alexander García-Bastidas, a banana researcher at the Dutch company Keygene, who carried out tests confirming what had happened.

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Deep in the Harvard Forest of Massachusetts lives a towering red oak tree. It's no different from its neighbors except for the fact that it tweets.

"Water, water everywhere." That line from poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge could be the mantra for rain-weary residents across the country. Some regions have seen record amounts of rain since early spring. The Mississippi River and tributaries spent months above flood stage, while all of the Great Lakes are nearly at or above historic highs.

Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of watershed hydrology for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Detroit, says data show that the Great Lakes have been on the rise for several years, especially in recent months.

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Lead contamination in the drinking water in Newark, N.J., is not a new problem, but the city's fleeting solution has become newly problematic.

Officials in Newark, the state's largest city, which supplies water to some 280,000 people, began to hand out bottled water Monday.

That's because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has concerns about water filters that the city distributed to residents.

Boys played amid stinky puddles and dodged trash sludge oozing from plastic bags carpeting a muddy riverbed in Saidpur, a village that connects to Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, by a narrow road. "God forgive us," says a woman watching nearby, referring to the trash.

Munira recalls the river stones glinting under fresh water when she was a child. Now, "there's so much trash," says the 65-year-old, who has only one name.

For the environmentally minded carnivore, meat poses a culinary conundrum. Producing it requires a great deal of land and water resources, and ruminants such as cows and sheep are responsible for half of all greenhouse gas emissions associated with agriculture, according to the World Resources Institute.

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In a move that critics say will hurt plants, animals and other species as they face mounting threats, the Trump administration is making major changes to how the Endangered Species Act is implemented. The U.S. Department of Interior on Monday announced a suite of long-anticipated revisions to the nation's premier wildlife conservation law, which is credited with bringing back the bald eagle and grizzly bears, among other species.

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