The Sustainable Living Experience (SLE) is a new University of Michigan Theme Community that provides students with the opportunity to experience sustainable living within a supportive community in the Oxford-West Seeley residence hall. SLE is rooted in the ideals of climate and environmental justice, and uses this as a foundation to cultivate an inclusive campus community. SLE strives to function as a microcosm of diverse students whose actions have generative and innovative impacts on the development of a more just and sustainable world.
Efforts towards the formation of SLE began in 2013, when students, faculty, and staff collaborated on a Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund proposal that received funding to hire a part-time coordinator to continue working with students on the vision of what was then called the Environmental Community Program (ECP). The coordinator worked with the ECP Student Advisory Board, as well as the Michigan Community Scholars Program (MCSP) to enhance environmental programming within their existing learning community. The coordinator and Student Advisory Board traveled to peer institutions, conducting focus groups with students, and toured potential residence halls, eventually choosing West Seeley Hall in Oxford for the pilot. President Schlissel announced support for SLE in Fall 2015 and the theme community starts in Fall 2016.
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