Sustainability

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Snapshot

This community provides students interested in sustainability and sustainable living with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the principles and practice of sustainability, while developing skills, leadership, and a community of support. Participants in this immersive LLC will live together, take classes together, and take action together. They will participate in campus sustainability programming and service projects. As sustainability is an inherently transdisciplinary pursuit, participants from any major are welcome. You do not have to be pursuing a degree in Sustainability to live in this community, but participants will be exposed to this new major as an option. Learn more about sustainability at UofL.

Location:  Louisville Hall

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Highlights

  • Opportunities to cement the lessons of the classroom through practical application, service, and community-building.
  • Explore your impact and take action. Participants will be expected to benchmark the sustainability of their lifestyle (e.g. through an Ecological Footprint calculator, Slavery Footprint calculator, etc.), develop an action plan to reduce their footprint, and assess their progress.
  • Opportunities to meet with sustainability faculty, staff and professional advisors outside of the classroom and appointments.
  • Exposure to sustainability-related service and leadership opportunities on and off campus.
  • Programming designed to expand your understanding of sustainability and connect you to fellow students, faculty, staff, and community members with similar interests.

Areas of Interest

  • Sustainable transportation: bicycling, transit, walking, and carpooling
  • Waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting
  • Biophilia, plants, animals, trees, foraging, gardening and exploring nature
  • Growing, cooking, and eating local and vegan foods
  • Water, air, and land conservation and protection
  • Sharing and conflict resolution
  • Energy conservation and renewable energy
  • Ethical fashion, shopping local, sustainable business, and fair trade
  • Mindfulness and climate anxiety
  • Civic engagement and advocacy
  • Environmental justice, brownfields, and urban blight

Who can apply?

  • The Sustainability LLC is open to students of any year, age, gender, sexual orientation, faith, race, ethnicity, or ability.
  • All that is required is an interest in sustainability and a willingness to enroll in the required courses and participate in service and programming.
  • As sustainability is an inherently transdisciplinary pursuit, participants from any major are welcome. You do not have to be pursuing a degree in Sustainability to live in this community, but participants will be exposed to this new major as an option.

Required Courses

Fall: SUST 101: Introduction to Sustainability (3 cr.)

Spring: SUST 202: Behavioral Dimensions (Environmental Decision Making) (3) OR SUST 301: Sustainable Built Environment (3)