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 fulfilling 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 the advancement of 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 from 8:30am – 10:00am. 
January 9, 2023
February 27, 2023
April 3, 2023
May 15, 2023
June 26, 2023
August 7, 2023
September 18, 2023
October 30, 2023
December 11, 2023

2023 Committee Members:

Steve Sass (Chair)
Charlene Rountree (Secretary)
Andrew Tucker
Andrew Schnabel
Allison Pudlo
Amy Gillan
Catherine Reynoso (Student Member)

Of Counsel:

Brent Thompson, City Forester
Hannah Teshka, Pinhook Community Center Manager
Evelyn Bauman, City of South Bend Office of Sustainability
Emily Sims, VPA Chief Development Officer

Garry Harrington, Rum Village Nature Center Manager
Matthew Moyers, VPA Coordinator

EAC Meeting Minutes