Vol. 14, April 2011 - Going Green


This ‘green’ stimulates growth

Federal stimulus money has provided power and momentum to a number of important green initiatives by the City of South Bend that will help cut energy costs, save money, provide alternative sources of energy and raise public awareness. Those initiatives, in turn, are part of ongoing efforts by the City to reduce its carbon footprint. Read more …


Top five eco-friendly tips

In case you haven’t heard, people all over the country will recognize Earth Day on April 22 with green celebrations, and by performing special acts of environmental friendliness.

But why not make every day Earth Day?

Click here to learn five easy tips to help make the world a greener place.

Having fun while helping the environment

By taking a light-hearted approach to outreach, two university agencies aimed at sustainability have engaged countless students, faculty and the community in the meaningful work of saving the planet while having fun. And they’re just getting started. Read more …


Green. Sustainable. New.

Despite its historic brick storefront and location in a quiet, rural town, the company occupying the offices of 708 Roosevelt Road is anything but tradition-bound. JFNew is a leading ecological consulting and restoration firm offering innovative environmental solutions that are sustainable, attractive and effective. Read more …


Mike Keen, director of the Center for a Sustainable Future, Indiana University South Bend

By Phil D’Amico, director of business growth, the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County

Mike Keen is a professor of sociology at Indiana University South Bend as well as director of IU South Bend’s Center for a Sustainable Future. He also has served as a co-chair for South Bend Mayor Stephen J. Luecke’s Green Ribbon Commission. Mike is well-known and respected for his work and knowledge in the area of green initiatives and sustainable practices. I recently sat down with Mike to discuss the latest and greatest in how to build “green” and sustainable cities. Read more …


South Bends efforts highlighted in national Brownfields conference

More than 6,000 people, including developers, attending the national Brownfields 2011 conference April 3-5 in Philadelphia saw a video highlighting successful efforts in South Bend to redevelop former brownfield sites into major economic development initiatives, including Eddy Street Commons and Erskine Commons. The video also promoted new opportunities in the wake of the redevelopment of the former Studebaker corridor into Ignition Park, a state-certified technology park.

South Bend was one of seven communities selected to be featured in video reports to the conference, co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the International City/County Management Association. To watch the video, click here.


City, residents collaborate to keep neighborhood clean

When Catherine Toppel became director of the City’s Department of Code Enforcement in 2003, one of the first meetings she attended involved Near Northwest Neighborhood residents, who were proposing an effort to beautify their neighborhood.

What truly was innovative about their approach, Toppel says, was that the residents took the initiative to clean up their neighborhood and asked their municipal government for support. Read more …


Downtown welcomes spring with ‘Egg Stravaganza’

Bunnies, rabbits, chicks, horse-drawn wagons and egg hunts will be part of the fun in downtown South Bend this Saturday, April 16, when children of all ages celebrate the arrival of spring.

Events include photos with the Bunny, ceramic egg painting, egg and sack races, an egg hunt and bunny “tales,” as well as live rabbits and chicks. More info here …

April 21 forum to highlight South Bend’s tech innovation

South Bend’s tradition of innovation in technology, starting in the 1800s with Studebaker and Oliver and continuing today with Ignition Park and work being done at local colleges and universities, will be the focus of a brown-bag panel discussion Thursday, April 21, at the main branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library, 304 S. Main St.

The Lunch & Learn Session sponsored by the SELL South Bend program will feature panelists Dave Brenner, president/CEO of Innovation Park at Notre Dame; David Brinkruff, dean of the School of Technology of Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend; and Gary Gilot, director of public works for the City of South Bend. Bring a brown bag or call 574-235-5879 to order a box lunch. More info here …

Ceremony to mark South Bend’s Bicycle Friendly designation

South Bend will receive official presentation of its Bicycle Friendly Community award from a representative of the League of American Bicyclists in a ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Jon Hunt Plaza.

Representatives of area bicycling groups will be present as Mayor Stephen J. Luecke accepts Bicycle Friendly Community signage for South Bend and proclaims May as Bicycle Month in South Bend. In addition to Bike the Bend on Sunday, May 15, Michiana Bike to Work Week takes place Monday through Friday, May 16-20.

South Bend is the only Bicycle Friendly Community in northern Indiana and one of four statewide.

Early registration opens for May 15 Bike the Bend

Participants in the second annual Bike the Bend, a recreational ride on Sunday, May 15, through the streets of South Bend, Mishawaka and St. Joseph County, can register early by Saturday, April 30, to take advantage of discounts and receive a ride T-shirt.

Early registration is $25 for individuals, which is a $5 discount and includes a ride T-shirt. Youth ages 17 and under are free with a registered adult. Registration includes a wristband and access to ride activities, including the post-ride celebration at Potawatomi Park.

This year’s expanded route of up to 40 miles features more neighborhoods and parks along a route with limited access for vehicular traffic. Ride hours are 6:30-11:30 a.m., with the festival running from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

To register online or for more information, visit www.BiketheBend.com.


Studebaker buildings’ demolition becomes visible

After three months of interior and site remediation, above-ground demolition work has begun this month on the last two Studebaker buildings on the Ignition Park campus. Read more …

Success, cubed

What can a startup company achieve in nine months? Plenty, if that company happens to be F Cubed LLC, which is developing a brilliant portable tool that can rapidly detect dangerous pathogens in fluid samples. As one of Innovation Park at Notre Dame’s many success stories, this one keeps getting better and better. Read more …


South Bend named All-America City finalist

On Wednesday, April 6, South Bend was named as one of 26 finalists for the National Civic League’s 62nd annual All-America City competition for outstanding civic accomplishment, considered “a civic ‘Oscar’ for communities of all sizes.”

The 10 winning communities for the nation’s most prestigious civic award will be announced at the All-America City awards event Wednesday through Friday, June 15-17, in Kansas City, Mo. More info here …

New York City officials see CSOnet demonstration

Utility officials from the nation’s largest city visited South Bend on March 25 to witness the operation of CSOnet, the City of South Bend’s first-in-the-world system to use embedded wireless technology to monitor and control combined sewer overflows. Read more …

Memorial Hospital named among 100 Top Hospitals

South Bend-based Memorial Hospital & Health System was named one of the top 100 U.S. hospitals, according to the annual Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals study.

Memorial ranked fifth on a list of the Best Teaching Hospitals in the study, which ranks nearly 3,000 facilities based on 10 criteria: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average patient stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, post-discharge mortality and readmission rate for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia. More info here …

ND investment officer receives national award

University of Notre Dame Vice President and Chief Investment Officer Scott C. Malpass has been named Large Endowment Manager of the Year by Institutional Investor magazine. The award recognizes U.S. institutional advisors whose “innovative strategies and fiduciary savvy resulted in impressive returns” over the past year. More info here …

MIND contract extended for another 2 years

The Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery has received a contract extension for another two years. Led by the University of Notre Dame, MIND is a research consortium designed to discover and develop the next nanoscale logic device, which will be a basic building block of future computer technology. More info here …

Ivy Tech names chancellor for North Central region

Ivy Tech Community College has selected Thomas G. Coley, president of Scott Community College in Scott County, Iowa, since 2005, as its chancellor for the North Central region in South Bend. Coley will begin duties Wednesday, June 1, succeeding Virginia Calvin, who retired earlier this year.

Ivy Tech’s North Central region serves Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall and St. Joseph Counties with three full-service campuses located in South Bend, Goshen and Warsaw. More info here …

ND nano research teams earn top prizes in competition

A University of Notre Dame entrepreneurial team developing a nanocomposite bone substitute claimed the $30,000 top prize on Friday, March 25, in the inaugural Nanotechnology New Ventures Competition, sponsored by Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame. More info here …

Commercialization award goes to engineering faculty

University of Notre Dame engineers Peter Kogge and Jay Brockman have been named recipients of the inaugural 1st Source Commercialization Award, celebrating research that has made it to the marketplace.

Kogge, Ted H. McCourtney professor of computer science and engineering, and Brockman, associate engineering dean and concurrent associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering, were honored for their role in developing the Enhanced Memory Utilization (Emu) hardware and software technology behind Emu Solutions, a company based at Innovation Park at Notre Dame. More info here …