All GreenHouse residents should enroll in the one-credit “GreenHouse Roots Seminar (Environmental Studies 402).” The seminar will provide a fertile foundation for our collective journey across the landscape of sustainability. Students will be challenged to think deeply about themselves and their place in the social and biophysical communities of which they are a part. You will read some class and provocative essays to help engage the meaning(s) of “sustainability” and consider how lifestyle and career choices impact other people and the environment. You will also have some fun in the process by taking the time to get to know fellow peers and traveling to experience firsthand the deep history of sustainability in Wisconsin and to learn more about current sustainability initiatives on the UW-Madison campus and in the greater Madison area.
Being the hands-on environment that it is, GreenHouse has many student-led initiatives take place throughout the year. Events and programs linked to experiential learning, food and environmental justice take place multiple times each semester. Residents are able to learn about the Madison community and its building projects, take part in cooking classes, canoe trips, and enjoy films and other travel opportunities. On average, residents have three opportunities each week to participate in a GreenHouse-sponsored event.
Residents have the option to participate in as many or as few GreenHouse events and programming activities as they would like to throughout the year. While faculty and staff will encourage participation in GreenHouse events, attendance is not mandatory.