Leopold Hall's greenhouse

GreenHouse Learning Community

How to Join

  1. Sign your University Residence Halls contract and submit your advance payment in My UW Housing
  2. Select the GreenHouse Learning Community as your top choice when you submit your hall preferences in My UW Housing
  3. Prioritize learning communities over residence halls when you submit your hall preferences in My UW Housing
  4. Receive your room assignment

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GreenHouse helped me find my niche of people also interested in the environment and social justice through seminars, field trips, and student-led events.

Jordan S., GreenHouse Resident


Greenhouse residents tend to the Eagle Heights community garden

GreenHouse Roots Seminar
Environmental Studies 117 | 1 Credit

The GreenHouse 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 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.

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Community 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

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Events & Activities

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.

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!

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GreenHouse Professional Staff

Naeelah Chism

Position title: Residence Life Coordinator

Sarah Jacobsen

Position title: Residence Life Program Manager

Timothy Van Deelen

Position title: Professor of Agricultural & Life Sciences, Faculty Director of GreenHouse