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 Ecological Advocacy Committee Application

2023 Application Process:
The EAC applications will open on October 17, 2022.
Applications are due by Friday, December 2, 2022.  Send the completed application to the Amy Roush, at
2023 EAC cohort selections will be made on December 19th.

2022 Meeting Dates:

All meetings will be held at the Rum Village Nature Center from 8:30am – 10:00am. 

January 10, 2022
February 14, 2022
March 28, 2022
May 9, 2022
June 20, 2022
August 1, 2022
September 12, 2022
October 24, 2022
December 5, 2022

2023 Meeting Dates:
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

2022 Committee Members:

Steve Sass (Chair)
Charlene Rountree (Secretary)
William Lindsey Chadderton
Andrew Tucker
Andrew Schnabel
Allison Pudlo
Amy Gillan

Of Counsel:

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

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

EAC Meeting Minutes