Sustainability Community

This housing is for students who are committed to a more environmentally-conscious lifestyle, issues such as social justice and sustainable agriculture, and related activism. Students selected will have an exciting experience testing new sustainable-living retrofits and showcasing the upgrades for campus guests.

To be considered for the Sustainability Community, students must submit an application expressing their interest in sustainability-related issues. As part of the application process, RAD staff may contact you for additional information.

Qualifications

Only students who have reached sophomore status or higher will be considered for placement in this community. Applicants should be prepared to live with someone whose gender identity may be different from their own. Applicants should have experience living a low-impact lifestyle by regularly recycling, composting, and conserving water, heat, and electricity.

Resident Expectations 

  • Attend the Sustainability Community meetings, which will be held twice each quarter, including a half-day retreat in the beginning of the fall quarter.
  • Residents are in charge of planning, planting, and maintaining a garden.
  • Residents are required to complete 10 hours of volunteer work each quarter. This includes working on the Sustainability Community garden, as well as any side-projects that residents are interested in.
  • Provide tours of your living space to campus and community guests during open houses on a quarterly basis (the costs of open houses will be covered by RAD Services).

Programs/Outreach

As a community, partner with RAD Services and with your Resident Aassistant (RA) to plan educational, social, and service programs for the residential community and your community.

Participation

Sustainability Community residents should participate in requests for formal feedback (i.e., surveys, evaluations, focus groups, etc.).  Additionally, residents should respond to questions from RAD Services staff (student and full-time) about the conditions of the living space and provide constructive feedback on ways the space can be improved. Residents should seek out RAD Services staff when they have ideas, thoughts, and comments. 

Our goal of creating additional eco-friendly MOD units depends on residents creating and maintaining active relationships with fellow community members as well as RAD Services staff. With ongoing input, effective communication, and active participation, we can keep the momentum going for sustainability projects for future residents.