Goshen College has been recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability among small liberal arts colleges.
We are a community of scholars committed to working for restorative and hope-filled solutions to our world’s sustainability challenges. We are looking for students who share our passion for restoring right relationships with each other and creation. We hope you join us.
Whether you want to major in environmental science or just take a few courses in the great outdoors, Goshen College offers a variety of hands-on opportunities to learn about sustainability. Learn about our Sustainability Leadership Semester, Agroecology Summer Intensive, master’s program and more!
In recent years we have taken numerous steps to reduce our carbon footprint: converting 20 percent of lawn space to native plants and prairie restoration, building a solar hot water collection system for our Recreation-Fitness Center, and purchasing 100 percent of campus electricity from renewable sources. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
At Goshen College, students have initiated all sorts of green projects on campus. Join our environmental club, EcoPax, volunteer with our student-led composting program, plants trees on campus, research with the Algae Town project, oversee controlled burns of the campus’s native prairies, and much more!
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Kevin Bacher '89 says he has one of the best jobs in the world, giving presentations and coordinating volunteers for Mount Rainier National Park.
The Sustainability Leadership Semester is offered every fall semester at the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, a 1,189-acre nature sanctuary (30 minutes southeast of the main campus near Wolf Lake, Indiana). The fully-accredited experience comprises 15 credits over five classes, and is open to upper-level students from any major and from any school.
Goshen College’s Sustainability Leadership Semester (SLS) is a 15 credit semester-long program each fall designed to provide undergraduate students with hands-on, experiential learning while engaging real environmental issues in the region.
Goshen College is in its 50th year of offering marine biology courses in Florida. That’s a golden anniversary of focused, hands-on education, and a program with an impact felt beyond the college campus.
A key element of Goshen College sustainability is the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, a 1200-acre preserve.