Sustainability Minor

At the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, we understand the importance of being intentional about your community. That’s why we offer the Sustainability Leadership Semester, a 13-week program that focuses on sustainable practices in your home, your food and the environment.

For a whole semester, you will live with other students in sustainable LEED Platinum-certified “green” buildings, cook food from produce raised on site and make group decisions about limiting consumption — all while learning about societal and environmental problems. You’ll spend your days learning about the local watershed by investigating Merry Lea’s diverse 1,189-acre nature preserve — and a week canoeing on the Elkhart and St. Joseph Rivers. Much of your learning will happen outside of the classroom: in marshland, prairies, living rooms and kitchens.

The Sustainability Leadership Semester is for any major interested in making a positive change in the community they live in, and it is the foundation of a sustainability minor. You’ll use your scientific knowledge and practical experience to make our planet and society more resilient to the environmental challenges we face now and in the future.

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