Environmental Leaders

Environmental Leaders Community

What is the Environmental Leaders Community?

When you join the Environmental Leaders community, you get to live and learn with peers who share your passions. You will live together in the same hall while exploring sustainability through field trips, volunteer service events, and course work. This program begins with a four-day orientation trip during which residents camp together and learn about local food, alternative transportation, coastal ecology, water management, and outdoor skills. Throughout the year, Environmental Leaders residents study and work together in a dedicated seminar course. You will also have opportunities to explore Eugene’s quirky corners and the natural world beyond campus with knowledgeable resident assistants and other mentors.

Why should I choose to live in this community?

If you’re interested in tackling complex environmental problems, Environmental Leaders is for you. Enthusiasm and curiosity are the only requirements. This community welcomes students from any academic track, regardless of existing environmental knowledge. No matter what you hope to do for the environment, Environmental Leaders is a great place to begin the journey. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from and work with urban farmers, forest ecologists, bike mechanics, and other community members who are actively shaping a sustainable future.

You’ll get out of it what you put into it. Besides the orientation trip, you’re expected to complete one environmental studies courses in fall quarter and take the Environmental Leaders seminar throughout the year. There are numerous optional activities like hikes, special lectures, service projects, and weekend camping trips. You can participate in as many or as few of these as you like.

What courses will we take?

  • ENVS 203: Environmental Studies (4 credits, fall quarter)
  • UGST 112: Topics in the Environmental Leaders ARC (4 credits—2 in fall, 1 in winter, 1 in spring)

These courses satisfy specific environmental studies minor or major requirements and/or satisfy humanities and social science general education group requirements.


Residence Hall: Justice Bean Hall

Please note that communities can be moved to different residence hall buildings if the size or need of the community changes.

Environmental Leaders Community

For more information, contact envleaders@uoregon.edu.

Who is eligible and how do I apply?

This community is full for the 2019–20 academic year.

All first-year students are eligible. 

  1. Apply for University Housing and select the community you prefer in the "Community Preference" section.
  2. Fill out the supplemental questions on your housing application. The program director will be in communication with you over the summer to remind you to fill out the form and determine class placement and details.

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