Ecological Advocacy Committee

Ecological Advocacy Committee

The Ecological Advocacy Committee is an organization under the South Bend Board of Park Commissioners created with the purpose of advising the Board of Park Commissioners on matters concerning the perpetuation of a healthy ecological system within the parks and public lands of South Bend. This advisory committee is established to assist in the fulfillment of the objectives set out by the South Bend Venues Parks & Arts Department (VPA), which calls for cooperative planning, community engagement, strategic thinking, and natural resource management.

Committee members are expected to take voluntary roles on at least two EAC subcommittees annually to provide expertise in advancing ecological proposals or projects under current development.

Natural Resource Management Plan

Resolution No. 0002-2021

2023 Meeting Dates:

All meetings will be held at the Rum Village Nature Center in the auditorium from 8:30 am – 10:00 am. 
January 9, 2023
February 27, 2023
April 3, 2023
May 15, 2023
June 26, 2023
August 7, 2023 | Online Meeting Link
September 18, 2023
October 30, 2023
December 11, 2023

2024 Ecological Advocacy Committee Application

2024 Application Process:

The EAC applications will open on August 18, 2023.
Applications are due on October 31, 2023.  Send the application to Garry Harrington at
2024 EAC Selections will be made on November 15, 2023.

2024 Meeting Dates:

January 8, 2024
February 26, 2024
April 8, 2024
May 13, 2024
June 24, 2024
August 5, 2024
September 16, 2024
October 28, 2024
December 2, 2024

2023 Committee Members:

Charlene Rountree (Secretary)
Andrew Tucker
Andrew Schnabel
Amy Gillan
Catherine Reynoso (Student Member)

Of Counsel:

Brent Thompson, City Forester
Hannah Teshka, Pinhook Community Center Manager
Barbara Dale, City of South Bend Office of Sustainability

Garry Harrington, Rum Village Nature Center Manager

EAC Meeting Minutes