Sustainability Program Information

The New Sustainability Program: Training Leaders for a Sustainable Future!

Are you concerned about climate change, industrial agriculture, species extinction, and environmental justice?  Would you like to develop the leadership and problem-solving skills to effect positive change in the world?  Do you like education that takes you out of the classroom to gain hands on experience? Would you like to live in a community of like-minded, motivated individuals? Then sign up for the New Sustainability Program at St. Lawrence University! Here are a few highlights of this new and improved experiential program:

  • Live and learn on a local organic farm.
  • Take one core course each semester in sustainability studies.
  • Have the flexibility to continue on-campus courses and activities..
  • Gain practical skills in agriculture, leadership, and activism.

Each year a select group of students will participate in the New Sustainability Program. These students will spend the academic year living and learning on an organic farm five miles south of Canton. They will work alongside the SLU homesteader, who will teach them about growing their own food sustainably, including how to plan and plant a garden, raise livestock, preserve food for the winter, and most importantly how to cook, eat, and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Each semester students will enroll in one full-unit core course in sustainability studies and a half-unit course in organic farming. Students will then be free to choose to take their remaining credits either through on farm elective courses, or courses on campus using a free shuttle.

Throughout the year, students will take several short field trips in the North Country to meet local entrepreneurs and sustainability leaders offering real world case studies and experience.

Not only will students gain practical sustainable farming skills, they will also have opportunities to explore sustainable entrepreneurship and business models, environmental sciences, sustainable art creation, and sustainable education, advocacy, and activism skills.  

Students from all majors, academic interests, and different abilities are welcome.

The New Sustainability Program will begin in August of 2017, but we can only accept twelve students, so claim your spot now by submitting an application to the CIIS Office.

Please contact Jess Prody ( for more information.The Sustainability Program is designed to give the next generation of thinkers and leaders the tools to tackle the globally important challenges of sustainability.