Krista Bailey is the Director of the Center for a Sustainable Future at Indiana University South Bend. Previously, she worked with the City of South Bend as the first Sustainability Coordinator in the Office of Sustainability. In both roles, she has collaborated on sustainability issues, provided education and outreach on sustainability and related initiatives, developed strategic sustainability plans, and coordinated project development. Krista's skills in sustainability research, writing, training, project development and implementation, event planning, website and social media outreach, and creating and evaluating educational projects help her to learn about and interview a wide range of sustainability practitioners across Michiana.
In addition to her sustainability work in South Bend, she has worked in the areas of community development and environmental education, including as Director of the Elkhart EnviroCorps AmeriCorps program in Elkhart, Indiana, which developed and implemented scores of environmental education, restoration, and volunteer projects. When not at work, Krista is busy being a proud parent, supportive partner, leader of the Greenhouse Community Garden, a fitness instructor, and is an active biker, hiker, and kayaker.
Josh Steffen is the Horticulture Manager at Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elklhart, overseeing the maintenance and development of a growing botanic garden's floral display and plant collections. He has a passion for bringing together people and plants and building shared community experiences. He attended Michigan State University earning degrees in botany and horticulture. He loves to design and build sustainable systems based on nature's principles at any scale.