Sustainability Semester launches with canoe trip of watershed


“Launch” is an apt word for the beginning of the Sustainability Semester in Residence (SSR), a new undergraduate program at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College in Wolf Lake, Ind. Students begin the semester with a weeklong exploration of the Elkhart River Watershed, traveling by canoe when possible.

College launches institute focused on ecological regeneration

Dr. Luke Gascho presents the new institute.

March 28, 2011 An “exciting new chapter” has begun at Goshen College, according to the college’s President James E. Brenneman on March 24 as he launched three institutes, all focused on the college’s distinctive academic strengths as they relate to faith. “Today, I’m pleased to formally announce the creation and launch at Goshen College of … Keep reading »

Goshen College launches unique residential Sustainability Semester at Merry Lea

In the setting of Rieth Village, Goshen College students talk with faculty from Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center. Students participating in the college's new Sustainability Semester will live in cottages that make up Rieth Village, which earned Indiana's first platinum LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2007. Because of the building's design, students will flush the toilet with rainwater, heat their coffee with solar power and stay cool with the help of white metal roofs and careful building orientation. (Photo by Luke Gascho/Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center)

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College will offer – beginning in the fall of 2011 – the Sustainability Semester in Residence for students to live and learn in Indiana’s first platinum-rated LEED® facility located on an 1,189-acre nature preserve.

Merry Lea featured on Evangelical Environmental Network's podcast

Luke Gascho

The Evangelical Environmental Network interviewed Luke Gascho, Executive Director of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, for their Weekly Creation Care Podcast on Oct. 12, 2010 (click here to listen). They talked about the intersection between ecology and religion at Merry Lea, how Luke talks with people who believe differently and about the … Keep reading »

Building and living green

From the Summer 2006 issue of The Bulletin “So why did they use two-by-six-inch studs instead of two-by-fours?” asks a student after reading a worksheet about building materials. Another student is figuring out how a ground source heat pump works, and a third has abandoned the worksheet and asks, “Where can I buy low VOC … Keep reading »