Eco House

Eco House was established in 2010 by students who wanted a place to explore and increase sustainability awareness on Geneseo's campus. Eco House residents educate themselves and others on the three pillars of sustainability: social, economic, and environmental, and work to implement new practices and policies on the Geneseo campus.

Social Justice Sundays - a weekly event in Eco House

Monroe Hall

Quick Facts

  • Students of all years interested in the three pillars of sustainability and support Geneseo's endorsement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Located in the campus's first LEED Gold Certified Building
  • Annual events include the Walk for Water during Campus Sustainability Month, a Hunger Banquet (partnered with the Food Security Interns in the Office of Leadership and Service), and Social Justice Sundays
  • Fellows from the Office of the Sustainability, Chemistry Department, Biology Department, English Department, and History Department
  • Students in any year in Eco House are encouraged to take the Genesee Valley Sustainability Experience during August
  • New course offered exclusively for students in Eco House, XLRN 188 - "Nature History and Sustainability" taught by Professor Jenny Apple, Th 4:00 - 4:50 pm

What is a Living-Learning Community?

A Living-Learning Community (LLC) is a group of students who choose to live together in a Residence Hall to explore a common interest. Each LLC has a shared academic component (e.g., a course, faculty-led workshops, a service trip) and is strengthened by co-curricular experiences that align with the community's interests and goals.

Values

Sustainability | Innovation | Integration

More Information

Eco House is located in Monroe Hall, a LEED Gold certified building. Monroe Hall boasts 60 geothermal wells for heating and cooling along a rainwater collection system that collects and treats the water for use in supplying water to bathroom urinals and water closets. A monitor with a 24-hour live energy and water usage data for the building is in the lobby. Monroe is also located next to the campus’s eGarden (energy garden) where student research is focused on wind, solar, and algae as mechanisms to generate energy. Eco House has Residential Fellows from the Chemistry, Biology, English, and History Departments as well as the Office of Sustainability and community partners. This community explores the three pillars of sustainability: economic, social, and environmental.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students living in Eco House will learn and teach others about sustainable environments and demonstrate how to live a sustainable lifestyle.

How to Apply

All housing placements for Writers House are based upon application review. Applicants must have submitted complete answers to all questions in the application to be considered for placement. Only those who submit an application by the housing deadlines listed on the housing selection website may be considered for placement. You can find more information on the housing process at housing for incoming students.

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For any questions or concerns, contact the Department of Student Life (life@geneseo.edu or 585-245-5851) or the Assistant Director for Educational Initiatives, Dr. Meg Reitz, (reitzm@geneseo.edu or 585-245-6363)

Are you a faculty or staff member interested in getting involved?

Visit our Residential Fellows webpage for more information or fill out the general interest form or contact Dr. Meg Reitz directly at x6363 or reitzm@geneseo.edu

Eco House was established in 2010 by students who wanted a place to explore and increase sustainability awareness on Geneseo's campus. Eco House educates themselves and others on the three pillars of sustainability: social, economic, and environmental and works to implement new practices and policies on the Geneseo campus.