Honoring the Headwaters: 10 Years of Sustainability Leadership Semester
“Water, and the experience of it, forms…the backbone of Goshen College’s Sustainability Leadership Semester (SLS)…each fall,” wrote Jonathon Schramm, associate professor of sustainability and environmental education.
Since the SLS began in 2012, this immersive, residential semester uses water as a tool and gateway to broader discussions about how students can influence the holistic health of communities. The program has gone on to graduate 45 individuals who make positive impacts in their communities and personal lives today.
This fall, we celebrate ten years of transformational learning and leadership by Honoring the Headwaters: 10 Years of SLS.
Headwaters are the sources of a river; thus, it has profound impacts downstream as organisms, sediments, contaminants and other features are dispersed throughout the entire body of water from the headwaters.
Merry Lea’s lakes are a headwater area of the St. Joseph watershed: all water from Merry Lea flows into the Elkhart River, into the St. Joseph River, into Lake Michigan.
What we do here at Merry Lea impacts everything downstream. Not only do we ecologically impact the waterways and habitats throughout the watershed, but the SLS is a headwater for impacting sustainability initiatives in our watershed and beyond.