Community Resources

There are many sustainable options across the Michiana area, our favorites are highlighted below. 

South Bend Division of Sustainability

The Energy Office seeks to make a positive impact on energy consumption and usage throughout South Bend and focuses on several key components including:  Renewable Energy, Building Efficiency, Transportation Efficiency and Innovation, Municipal Regulation, Recycling and Waste Management.

The Center for a Sustainable Future at IU South Bend

CSF is taking the lead role in further turning IU South Bend into the ideal green campus: one that has turned itself into a learning organization in which every person on campus understands the basic principles of sustainability and are putting them into practice one step at a time.

Community Recycling Information

Need to recycle something and you aren’t sure how or where to do it? This page provides information on many of the most troublesome recyclables and where you can take them.

South Bend Farmers’ Market

Established in 1924, this South Bend staple offers up some of the best produce in the area. This market set up allows you to develop a personal connection with each of the 96 family owned or small-scale businesses.

Urban Garden Market

The Urban Garden Market provides South Bend’s west side community with a place to buy fresh produce direct from producers in a friendly, open-air environment

Purple Porch Co-op

The Purple Porch Co-op is a member-owned cooperative enterprise in South Bend committed to growing a local, sustainable economy through the purchase of locally produced foods. We aim to connect people in Michiana who want to buy local, organic and/or fair trade food with local growers who produce that food.

Unity Gardens

Initiated in the South Bend area with a goal of community building through a framework of Gardens. The gardens not only provide healthy food for anyone, but also educate the community on how to grow, and eat healthy food.

Niles Community Gardens

Helping people in Niles produce their own vegetables and fruits while learning how to exist more sustainably in Southwest Michigan.

Food Bank of Northern Indiana

Since 1993, the Food Bank of Northern Indiana has been feeding the hungry in the six counties it serves.

Organic Resources

Mulch and Compost are available free of charge if you load it yourself. These items can be loaded for you for a nominal fee.