The Ecological Sustainability Landscape (ESL) is a beautiful 110-acre tract of land including fields, forests, wetlands, and streams complete with a three-story house and outbuildings. The ESL is home to three courses, Sustainable Agriculture, The Sustainable House and the Seminar in Ecological Sustainability. Several other course utilize this living laboratory over the course of the semester.
At the Wight House, students have the opportunity to test and experiment with building materials and energy efficient technologies. The barn houses a small herd of sheep and students can investigate organic gardening, farming, and integrated pest control. Past student research projects have resulted in the installation of a super energy-efficient demonstration window and new energy conserving lighting. A solar electric system has been designed and installed by SLU students with planning for a wind system on the drawing board. Other class projects have investigated environmentally friendly paints and products, beekeeping & honey production, and a composting toilet system.
Any questions about the Environmental Studies ESL
should be directed to Dr. Carolyn Johns
Current ESL Projects