South Bend hosts largest GreenTown event

By: Chrstine Karsten Email
By: Chrstine Karsten Email

The largest GreenTown event in the organization's history just wrapped up Friday and it was held right here in South Bend. The event started Thursday and ended about 4:30 p.m. Friday.
And more than 500 people were there.

The goal of an event like this is to work with several different people, attend workshops, brainstorm ideas and figure out how to build healthy sustainable communities.

GreenTown typically works with small to mid-sized cities, mostly in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.
“People in south bend care about sustainability and they want to make this city a better place,” says South Bend Municipal Energy Director Jonathan Burke.

“It reinforces what we are doing and tells us that people support that and again, we do these things because, whether it’s efficiencies, whether it’s our facilities, recycling programs, we do them because there is a cost benefit to our citizens over time,” explains Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood.

Some ideas for South Bend include, making it more bikeable and walkable, having more local sustainable food and of course, looking at how to make energy healthy communities and green businesses.

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