Sound of the Environment

Sound of the Environment is a monthly group discussion of sustainability issues related to business and community in Michiana. Join us the first Wednesday each month at 12 p.m. for a free community conversation about environmental sustainability, wellness, and quality of life. We are people working together to create sustainable business practices and improve efficiencies in our community. We share ideas, tools, and resources to improve the quality of life in our work and homeplaces.

Here are the speakers/general topics scheduled for the upcoming months. (Subject to change)

  • July 1: Church Community Services’ “Seed to Feed” Coordinator, Chelsea Risser
  • August 5: Kendall Brown: “Visionary Landscapes: Japanese Gardens in America Now“: Kendall briefly surveys Japanese gardens historically in America and the Midwest, then presents some of the new functions of gardens that underscores their potential for physical and psychological well being.
    • Kendall Brown is Professor of Asian Art History at California State University Long Beach. He holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Yale University and an MA from UC Berkeley. He publishes actively in several areas of Japanese art as well as on Japanese-style gardens in North America. He has curated exhibitions for several American museums, exploring topics from modern woodblock prints to Art Deco. He is currently working on an exhibition of Japanese sheet music cover illustration for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He was a co-founder and past president of the North American Japanese Garden Association (of which Wellfield is an organizational member!), and is the author of three books on American Japanese gardens.
  • September 2: Jon Zirkle, Buschelcraft Farm
  • October 7:
  • November 4:
  • December 2:

Feel free to bring your lunch to these informal, yet focused and informative events.
During the cold winter months, Sound of the Environment is held at the Elkhart Health and Aquatics Center Located at 200 E Jackson Blvd, Elkhart, IN 46516 (use East Entrance, check in at the counter and you’ll be directed to the classroom). During the warmer months we’ll meet at Wellfield Botanic Gardens.

Please review our Modified Visitation Plan protocols when visiting during COVID-19.

Everyone is welcome, bring a friend. To ensure ample seating, please RSVP: CLICK HERE

In partnership with:

  • Elkhart Health & Aquatics
  • Beacon Health System