EcoVillage

ecovillageThe EcoVillage, located in Bragaw Hall welcomes students from all majors, thereby creating an interdisciplinary educational experience that prepares students for life-long sustainable living! Students go beyond the classroom to lead, serve, create, problem-solve and engage in complex issues facing the local and global energy and environmental challenges of society to advance sustainability.

The EcoVillage focuses on uniting students around the central goal of sustainable living and awareness. The EcoVillage broadly defines sustainability to include everything from agriculture and energy consumption, to transportation and recycling.

The EcoVillage provides unique experiences allowing students to face the energy and environmental challenges of society. Beyond the classroom, members of the EcoVillage engage with faculty, facilities staff and Sustainability staff to explore local, regional and global approaches to advance sustainability.

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Apply for EcoVillage

  • Interested students should fill out a University Housing Application first in MyPack Portal and then complete the Village Application.
  • Both applications are necessary to be considered for the EcoVillage, and both may be accessed through MyPack Portal > Student Services > Campus Living > Prospective Residents.

Benefits of Participating in EcoVillage

  • Live within a supportive community of students with similar interests and goals for a more sustainable lifestyle
  • Learn to balance the challenges of incorporating sustainability into an already busy lifestyle involving academics, social life and healthy living
  • There is always something going on in the EcoVillage! Village programs and social events coordinated by students, Upper-class EcoVillage Mentors and Bragaw Resident Advisors happen throughout the year
  • Gain service learning experience through sustainability-related hands-on community service opportunities and projects improving the sustainability within the campus and local community
  • Academic support is provided through the opportunity to create course study groups at the beginning of every semester, as well as 24-hour use of the EcoVillage Study Room, complete with whiteboard and flat panel TV with laptop connections for group work
  • Upper-class EcoVillage Mentors help transition new students into the University
  • Alternate Spring Break and other field trip opportunities for residents who complete participation expectations in the Fall semester
  • The EcoVillage is centrally located and features easy access to classes, dining, the Student Cinema and the Student Health Center
  • EcoVillage allows its residents to have a non-Village roommate, space permitting.

EcoVillage Expectations

  • Live in Bragaw Hall
    • Residents may request a non-participating preferred roommate
    • Residents must uphold the Student Code of Conduct and University Housing Community Standards
  • Attend 2 mandatory Village meetings after classes begin in both the Fall and Spring semesters
  • EcoVillagers work toward earning their EcoVillage LEAD (Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy, Discovery) Award by the end of the academic year- the minimum Expectations including 24 community service hours and participation in at least 10 EcoVillage programs, events, or trips by the Awards Ceremony and End of Year Celebration in late April
    • Service opportunities are offered on a regular basis to help Village residents achieve their LEAD goals
  • EcoVillagers reserve time in their schedules to gather once per week on Thursday evenings at 7:30PM for social events, communal meals, activity-based programs, and guest speakers
  • In addition to the EcoVillage Expectations, during the Fall semester of their first year in the EcoVillage, residents take a 1-credit hour required course together entitled “Introduction to Sustainability for EcoVillage.”
  • Second-Year Villagers enjoy a relaxed set of EcoVillage Expectations while working on their year-long Second-Year Project. Villagers work with the EcoVillage Director and Graduate Assistant to plan their projects, submit their proposals, and then present their results at the end of the academic year during a Project Fair. Second-Year Projects may be:
    • Undergraduate research (either formal or a self-developed project)
    • A formal leadership position within the Village
    • A committed year-long service project with an external organization

Contact Information

Meghan Lobsinger
EcoVillage Director
919.515.4046