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 concern for the environment and social justice. You will live together in the same hall while exploring sustainability through volunteering, events, and course work. The program begins with an orientation trip where you will get to know your peers and engage with multiple sustainability topics from food and farming to environmental justice to biking and sustainable transportation. You will also have opportunities to explore Eugene’s quirky corners and the natural world beyond campus with student leaders, resident assistants and other mentors.

Our planet is precious and our environmental problems are complex. Solving them requires the passion and talents of planners and designers, engineers and scientists, legal experts and civic engagers, energy experts and farmers, inventors and entrepreneurs, artists and thinkers, and those willing to advocate for social justice, and the needs of nonhuman species. How will you make a difference?

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.

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. Sustainability is a foundational value at the UO and there are numerous activities available including 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.

Location

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?

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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