Jonathon Geels, ASLA

Which are better, dogs or cats?
Neither.  I’m a fish kind-of guy.

How long have you worked with KSSB?
Since the beginning.  I’ve always been interested in greening initiatives.  In the fourth grade, I started a school-wide recycling program.  We collected all of the paper used by each classroom each week and took it home to be part of our home recycling each week.  So, in a way, I’ve been involved in “greening” Michiana for over 20 years.

What’s one thing you do every day to make South Bend clean, green and never mean?
Aside from a career as a Landscape Architect, to which I am avowed to stewardship of the earth, I’m adament about turning off the lights in the house.  I really don’t like to waste electricity.

What neighborhood do you live in?
I live in Marquette Park, which has beautiful homes from the early 1920s, and even more wonderful trees. We’re just a five minute walk to the Riverside Trail, and we have great access to sustainable community assets (like a local grocery store).

What is your favorite band?
I’m pretty proud to call myself a Jack Johnson fan right now.  His passion for all things green rivals mine.  And we share a love of guitar.

What has been your favorite vacation?
San Fransisco (Sausalito, really), was absolutely the best.  Beautiful scenery, fantastic food, great company.  I couldn’t have asked for more.

What’s your favorite tree?
Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud), aesthetically is my favorite.  It’s beautiful in the Spring, has great unique leaves in the summer, bright fall color, and an artsy shape for winter.  Not to mention, it’s native to Indiana.  Amelanchier canadensis (Serviceberry) is my favorite botanic name.

What’s your favorite place in South Bend?
Leeper Park Island rates pretty high.