Sustainability is a way of thinking that accounts for environmental, economic, and social impacts of activities both within city government and in the larger South Bend community. Becoming a sustainable city will mean South Bend will have a stronger economy, bounce back more easily after disasters, be inclusive of all types of people, and be an enjoyable place to live and work. By working together towards sustainability we will promote investment in our community, celebrate and help preserve local assets, and cultivate our parks and open spaces.
The South Bend Office of Sustainability wants to help South Bend become a more sustainable city. To achieve these goals we need to know what, as a community, is most important to you. We want to identify what South Bend’s issues and assets are, and also to hear what you imagine for our city. Your opinions will help identify projects and priorities that will be developed into a strategic sustainability plan and supported and promoted by the Office.
The strategic sustainability plan will be used to find creative ways to preserve natural resources, ensure social equity, and cut costs. Based on your feedback, it might target opportunities such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, transportation and biking, connections between health and sustainability, reducing waste, and public outreach. It will build upon South Bend’s City Plan, the South Bend Parks and Recreation Plan, and the Smart Streets Initiative, but will suggest more specific initiatives and prioritize efforts that help bridge city functions or community groups.
Take our survey to have a direct impact in the creation of the future-focused, Sustainable South Bend. Share your values and priorities for a sustainable city so the South Bend Office of Sustainability can go to work for you. Be a part of South Bend’s future – share your opinions!
If you enjoy getting scared out of your wits as a way to celebrate Halloween, here are a few local “haunts” in Michiana to visit. Best known in our area is the Niles Haunted House – on 44 acres with weekend … Continue reading →
The Rhythm of Western October 17th &18th. A celebration of one of South Bends oldest and most cherished neighborhoods. Come out for live music, food, and shopping. See what you have been missing.http://www.southbendbetterblock.org/
Two great productions are currently playing on campus as the students stream back to the campus and the Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare Festival celebrates 150 years of Shakespeare at the University and 15 years of the Summer festival. First, the Young Company … Continue reading →
ROCKY RIVER TAP & TABLE – Newly opened this month in Granger’s Centennial Place on University Park Dr.
A new restaurant offering from Michiana’s most active restauranteur: Kurt Janowski (Café Navarre, The Exchange, soon to open Artisan (Elkhart), and more):
From their ABOUT page: (click on image above to go to their web page)
Located in Granger, Indiana and named for a tributary of the St. Joseph River in Michigan, Rocky River provides a farm-to-fork experience featuring sustainably farmed products from nearby growers and a casual atmosphere. Partnerships with local farmers, brewers and winemakers paired with culinary creativity yield brilliant results. From the table enjoy anything from small plates and unique bar snacks to entrees and organic smoothies.
And from our the tap…Indiana and Michigan are home to some of the best breweries in the country. From these, we’ve handpicked a menu of over 30 draft beers to enjoy with a snack or accompany your meal. Our wine list, along with many organic West coast wines, includes carefully selected wines from Southwest Michigan and Indiana wineries, enjoyed by the glass or bottle.
Bike the Bend is a celebration of family, friends and community.
Bike the Bend started in 2010 as the vision of Louise Addicott who enjoyed bicycling side by side with her family to explore and share their community together.
Bike the Bend brings family and friends together for an urban bicycle ride along more than 30 miles of vehicle-restricted streets and trails. Participants of all ages and skill levels can ride side by side while leisurely exploring South Bend, Mishawaka and St. Joseph Count, Indiana parks, historic and urban neighborhoods, and local university campuses.
With the generous support of The Louise Addicott and Georgina Joshi Foundation and the hard work of more than 250 volunteers, Bike the Bend has attracted riders from 17 Indiana counties, 7 states, and 2 countries overseas. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life in our community through healthy, family-friendly activities.
New Summer tours of South Bend are starting. These tours are great for new residents or folks who’ve been here a while, but want to learn more about the city and what is going on. The tours are FREE, but seating is limited so RSVPs are necessary. The bus tours, which are on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to Noon and are conducted by the South Bend City Community Investment Office. These tours have been a big success and can be arranged for groups, campus departments, or just reserve a spot for one of the regular Saturday tours.
Call (574-235-5879) or email Sue Solmos ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) to reserve a place.
First tours begin:
Saturday, May 3rd from 10:00 AM to Noon
With the recent opening of the Purple Porch Coop and Café on Hill Street in downtown South Bend at 123 N. Hill St., our city has made major progress towards the goal of having a workable and very livable downtown. As of late February, the once member-only food coop has opened a daily grocery store (Monday – Saturday 7 am – 7 pm) open to all to shop. You can still join as a member-owner and participate in the Wednesday local-only food pick up (5-7 pm).
Additionally Café Max offers a breakfast and lunch menu daily with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
At 425 S. Main St. in South Bend, the other end of downtown from the Purple Porch is the El Paraiso Grocery and Restaurant. one of the first supermarket/taquerias in Northern Indiana (now with 4 stores around the region). While providing the products and services of other mainstream supermarkets, they offer a strong mix of fresh fruits and vegetables, and fresh U.S.D.A choice meats, combined with extensive imported products, and a restaurant that serves authentic Mexican food. Open daily 8 am – 9 pm.
One of my saddest moments driving through a small city is when the sight of a now-abandoned classic movie theatre comes into view. Once a destination and even iconic center of a town, now the lights are out, the marquee is blank, and there are few if any people nearby. So that’s why I am so happy to see South Bend’s State theater reviving and repurposing. After attending an Ignite Michiana event at Notre Dame (where presenters do quick energetic presentations about new South Bend initiatives and projects), we were introduced to Drew Elegante, the manager and a major force behind the State’s new activities. A monthly vintage bazaar, weekly classic films, special community parties are just a few of the events recently occurring. Additionally they sponsored a “hula hoop contest” to benefit St. Margaret’s House on during last week’s Downtown First Friday.
The recent and upcoming classic films (Wednesdays at 7pm for just $3) in the month of February have had, of course, a bit of a “romance” theme. This week was Roman Holiday (Audrey Hepburn), and next week they will show Funny Girl (Barbara Streisand).
And of course, as are all of these old movie palaces, the space is a theater too so you can catch new bands and concerts along with the dance parties (note the “Very Bloody Valentine’s Party” benefitting the American Heart Association this Friday night! and a screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday night)