Welcome to the Sustainability Residential Learning Program! Our community is committed to exploring the concept of sustainability and engaging in sustainable service.
While sustainability has its roots in the environmental movement, we examine sustainability as a concept in many areas in addition to the environment, including: activism, creativity, development, economy, education, personal, politics, and the justice system. Our current definition of sustainability refers to systems, either small or large, which are developed with the goal of continued practice or engagement, implemented without reliance on a finite or detrimental resource, and which are equal in their consideration of the well-being of all persons. But this definition is constantly evolving and there is no single “right” definition. Community members are asked to define sustainability for themselves.
What we do
- In weekly seminars, we explore sustainability through readings, documentaries, and speakers. These seminars take many different forms, but are always discussion-based and interactive.
- Educational events provide new perspectives on sustainability and help us connect what we learn during weekly seminars to the sustainable efforts of the greater community. Past events include documentary screenings, campus lectures, and trivia nights.
- Members plan and host frequent social events for the community. Through these events we form lasting relationships with other members! Some events include pumpkin carving, intramural sports, gift exchanges, and ice cream socials.
- The final component of engagement is community service by applying the different embodiments of sustainability and putting what we learn about sustainability into action. Service projects may include bicycle repair, working at community gardens, stream clean-ups, and more.
- For our optional Dinners and Discussion programs, we discuss various aspects of sustainability over dinner prepared by community members. Past Dinner and Discussion topics included sustainability of feminism and sustainability of business.
- At the end of the year, members identify needs related to sustainability on campus and complete capstone projects to be presented for campus organizations and professionals.
- Attend weekly seminars (1.5 hours). One unexcused absence is allowed per semester. Excused absences are allowed. See Contract for more information.
- Complete a minimum of 16 total engagement hours each semester. 8 hours must be from social or educational event and committee work, and 8 hours must be from service projects.
- Participate in or lead the Social, Education, Service, or Compost Committee.
- Respect fellow community members!
Leadership and Involvement Opportunities:
Not only is this community designed so that community members of all interests and experiences can engage in leadership, its success depends on that member involvement. Members have the opportunity to serve on one of four committees: Social, Education, Service, and Compost. These committees are crucial to the success of this community by planning social and service events and facilitating communication. Outside of the community, members have the opportunity to coordinate service projects with other organizations and are encouraged to serve in leadership positions within them.
The community is run by a student coordinator with the assistance of the Morrison Community Director. Typically the coordinator is a returning student from the previous academic year.
Interested participants should complete an application online through the living learning housing application. Preference is given to first-year students; however, returning students are encouraged to apply. A small number of participants will be selected to return for a second year to serve as leaders for the community.
Why you should consider Sustainability Residential Learning Program:
If you are an interested in exploring the broad concept of sustainability, engaging in service, and being part of the most fun and lively community on campus, then join us! No prior experience is required.