Sustainability Program Information | St. Lawrence University Sustainability Program

Sustainability Program Information

The Sustainability Program: Training Leaders for a Sustainable Future!

We are an immersive experiential year-long program focused around sustainability.  Experiential education takes the notion that learning through experience can supplement and strengthen more traditional in class learning methods.  Immersive means that the learning continues beyond class time; you are immersed in the experience.  So in context of the sustainability program, students learn about global systematic issues surrounding sustainability in the classroom, but then they continue to explore these issues through direct experience in their lives in the house and on the farm.  Students think globally and act locally.

Some key components of the 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.

The Sustainability Program is designed to give the next generation of thinkers and leaders the tools to tackle the globally important challenges of sustainability. Each year a select group of students will participate in the 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, independent studies, or courses on campus.

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.

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

The 2020-2021 Sustainability Program applications are due March 1, 2020 and will begin in August of 2020 one week prior to beginning of classes.  Click to apply.  Look for us in Dana and keep an eye out for info sessions.

Please contact Sara Ashpole ( or Samuel Joseph ( for more information.