Sustainability is a holistic approach that considers environmental, social, and economic dimensions in activities both within city government and in the larger South Bend community. From increasing the community's greenspace, to developing inclusive green entrepreneurship and workforce training programs, to supporting energy efficiency upgrades that reduce the energy burden for low-income residents– the Office of Sustainability embeds a “triple bottom line” approach across the City and designs pathways for residents to engage in creating a livable, prosperous community for current and future generations.
What we do
Climate change is an urgent threat to our city. The Office of Sustainability is leading the effort to coordinate our community’s response through both climate adaptation and mitigation strategies that center equity. Key components of these strategies include:
- Renewable energy projects
- Energy efficiency programs
- Increased clean transportation and sustainable land use
- Green entrepreneurship and workforce development programs
- Urban forestry initiatives
- Waste reduction and fostering a circular economy
Click the links above (coming soon!) to learn more about our programs in each of these areas and how they contribute to our emissions reduction and adaptation goals.
How we got here and where we’re going
- Background and past accomplishments of the office (link coming soon!)
- Our plan to become carbon neutral by 2050 (link coming soon!)
How the community is informing our strategy
- The Green Ribbon Commission (link coming soon!)
- Sustainability Suggestion form (link coming soon!)
How you can get involved now
SOLARIZING SOUTH BEND
Interested in going solar before Indiana's net metering incentive expires in June 2022? Solar United Neighbors (SUN) and Solarize Indiana launched the Northern Indiana Solar Co-op in July of 2021 to help residents and businesses from the region go solar. The co-op is free to join and open to homeowners and business owners in and around South Bend. Together, co-op members will learn about solar energy and leverage their numbers to purchase individual solar systems at a competitive price and quality. Residents can sign up for the co-op for free to receive a site visit and the information they need to make an informed decision; there is no requirement that they go solar.
227 W. Jefferson Blvd.Suite 1400South Bend, Indiana 46601