This 13-week fall semester program is for students who want to explore many ways to contribute to sustainable, resilient futures for our communities in the midst of our rapidly changing planet. It is ideal for those who want to learn skills and mindsets that they can use as they become leaders in their careers and everyday lives.
In the SLS, we explore the sustainability of places in multiple ways, canoeing 70 miles from the top of the watershed at Merry Lea to Lake Michigan, hiking trails, biking, and interacting with a variety of community members and sustainability professionals. We also read widely, connecting with insights and ideas from diverse disciplines and perspectives.
Through the SLS, students dig into personal leadership development, clarifying their unique strengths and working together with others to catalyze growth. Students also consider how to influence the holistic health of communities as they experience many aspects of the systems our society relies on. We discover how to use our values and ethics to impact climate change, ecological degradation, and other sustainability challenges the earth is facing.
The SLS is an integral part of the Sustainability Studies major and the Sustainability minor, but is open to all majors and students from other colleges seeking to transfer credits or gain a certificate.