GreenHouse Learning Community

Students explore the Greenhouse

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 the type of person who is interested in being active in your environment and community, the GreenHouse can provide you with the network, tools and knowledge to get involved. As member of this learning community, residents will also have exclusive access to numerous unique programs like seminars, field trips, shared meals, volunteering opportunities, and discussions that focus on the theme of sustainability. It's hard not to be inspired here, as the community is literally surrounded by sustainability, located in the LEED gold certified Leopold Residence Hall, which includes an on-site rooftop greenhouse for residents.

GreenHouse faculty and staff also help students to get their hands dirty and engage in experiential learning opportunities 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.