Community Resources

South Bend Community

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

South Bend Division of Sustainability

The city of South Bend Office of Sustainability 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

The Center for a Sustainable Future 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 family owned or small-scale businesses.

Purple Porch Co-op

The Purple Porch Co-op is a member-owned cooperative enterprise in South Bend that is committed to growing a local, sustainable economy through the purchase of locally produced foods. They 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

With over 55 gardens of all shapes and sizes, Unity Gardens helps to feed our communities by offering free gardening classes to teach the community how to grow their own food.  They also offer free cooking and preserving classes to show how to cook healthy and save your harvest.

Niles Community Gardens

The Niles Community Gardens provides earth-friendly garden space to educate, 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. Today, the Food Bank actively partners with local and national manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers, food growers, packers, and brokers to procure food.

Organic Resources

While self-loaded materials are free, larger amounts require a small fee.