GreenHouse Learning Community

GreenHouse Learning Community

Leopold Residence Hall |  86 residents (all doubles rooms; coed mixed floor)
Sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; College of Letters and Sciences |  $200 learning community fee

Joining GreenHouse gives students an opportunity to go beyond a conventional residence hall experience. If you are at all interested in learning more about how to do useful hands-on things like garden, cook, or fix a bicycle, the GreenHouse can provide you with the tools and knowledge to do so. As a GreenHouse resident, you pay a small fee to have unique access to numerous cool programs like seminars, field trips, shared meals, “green screen” movie nights, and discussions that focus on the theme of sustainability. The community has already been very successful, having received LEED gold certification for its home – Leopold Hall.

GreenHouse staff and student interns also help students to get engaged in sustainability efforts on campus and in the Madison area. Hands-on opportunities include cooking locally and sustainably, restoring a prairie, fixing bicycles, and gardening – just to name a few. These events provide students with an array of learning opportunities while also helping to bring together a tight-knit community within a large school. And on top of that, it’s a ton of fun!

Program Goals:

  • Think, work, and live in more sustainable ways
  • Learn more about sustainability and get involved in local efforts
  • Be a part of an active community of learners
  • Have a richer university experience


Contact: Alan Turnquist (Program Coordinator)


Within each learning community, the seminar is a key part of the resident experience. In addition to the seminar, we strongly encourage residents to take advantage of the many other unique activities and events offered. You can participate in as many or as few programs as you would like, but the more active you are, the more opportunities you will find.