Eco-House: Environmental Residential Program

Residents of the Eco-House work together to reduce their environmental impact and to engage the campus and broader community on sustainability issues through personal choices, projects, and events. Students interested in living in the Eco House must complete a short application, including a personal statement outlining their interest in this unique living environment. The Eco-House would be well suited for students who are considering to major in environmental science, environmental studies, biology, geology, or other natural science related fields; however, no experience with sustainability is required; residents must merely have an interest in learning more about sustainability and sustainable living habits.  Residents will engage in a variety of exciting activities and workshops to enhance their sustainable living skills throughout the academic school year.

Purpose: demonstrate affordable sustainable living in order to inform, engage and inspire Penn’s fellow residents, visitors, and community members.

Events for the floor may include:

  • Eco House faculty dinner
  • Meet with professors within the Earth and Environmental Science Department as well as other STEM related fields in an informal setting to learn about classes, research, and what they think it takes to become a successful environmental leader or environmental professional
  • Service-learning field trips
  • Work with local environmental non-profit organizations to bring environmental change:
    • planting trees for ecological restoration
    • trips to Morris Arboretum (drawing workshops)
    • learning about local environmental policy
    • harvesting locally-grown vegetables at Bartram’s Garden
  • Tours of earth-friendly practices at Penn
    • tours of university's newest LEED-certified building
    • tree/ecology tour
    • King’s Court green roof visit
  • Recycled Art Showcase
  • Eco House Booth at Green Fest

Social activities: weekly study breaks, hiking, kayaking, making bird feeders, planting flowers, watching environmental documentaries, volunteering in the community garden, Eco DIYS (DIY’s out of recycled or natural, recyclable materials)

Participant Expectations: The Program RAGAs will review details and activities at the beginning of the academic year, where residents will receive their Eco-House Compact. Residents will be expected to participate in the following, as decided by the RAGAs:

  • 1 major event per month
  • 1 minor event per month
  • Implement 1 minor floor event as determined by the RAGAs
  • Host 1 House program per semester

To apply:

Apply online at myhomeatpenn.upenn.edu starting at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.  The deadline to apply is 12:00 PM on Monday, January 22, 2018.  Students can expect information pertaining to their application to become available on Monday, January 29, 2018.

For more detailed information on the Residential Program application and process please visit this page on the Residential Services website or plan to attend our Information Session on Tuesday, January 16 at 9:00 PM in McClelland South Lounge. Please note that all applicants are required to respond to the following questions in an essay using a maximum of 500 words:

        Why are you interested in joining this Residential Program?

        What would your involvement bring to this program’s overall experience?

        How have you participated in your current House community?

Applications will be reviewed by Harnwell Senior Staff and RAGAs affiliated with the Eco-House Program. In order for an application to be seriously considered, it is highly encouraged that the essay reflects the uniqueness of the Program. If needed, Harnwell Senior Staff and RAGAs reserve the right to reach out to applicants clarifying room requests and additional concerns.

Contact:
harnwell@collegehouses.upenn.edu, please include "Eco-House" in the subject header.