Eco House Residential Learning Community

Eco House

The Eco House Residential Learning Community is an academic and social community that focuses on creating positive environmental change through environmental research and education, community engagement, and personal change. As a member of this RLC, you will explore your personal impact on the environment and use this knowledge to promote environmentally sustainable living with the University and Flagstaff community. Some activities hosted by this RLC in the past have included service learning projects at the NAU garden, faculty dinners, and tours of LEED certified buildings on campus. Being a part of this RLC will allow you to meet other students who are also passionate about the environment.

What is a Residential Learning Community?
It is an awesome opportunity to live in a freshman hall with other students (20-30) who share your academic major or interests. You will be able to attend social and academic programs together, interact with faculty outside of the classroom, and get to know an upper division Community Mentor (student) who shares your major or career path.
What are Common Courses?

By participating in the Residential Learning Community program you benefit from taking one or two classes with others in your community. These “courses in common” allow you to attend class with other RLC members and form study groups around those classes. For this RLC, those courses include:

Fall semester:

  • ENV 101 – Environmental Challenges and Solutions: This course studies the relations between humans and the environment including life and ecosystems, natural resources, and climate change. Students will gain a scientific understanding of the natural world around them; examine effects of current events, policies, and personal lifestyle on the environment; and explore solutions to current environmental problems
  • ENV 101L – Environmental Challenges and Solutions Lab: The corresponding lab to ENV 101 investigates the impacts of humans on the natural world while developing an appreciation of the value of scientific inquiry and the tools for scientific research.
Spring Semester:
  • ENV 115 – Climate Change: This course studies the evolution of the Earth's climate and the causes of climate change, including global warming.
Why do I want to participate in an RLC?
Over and over again, we hear from our RLC students that being a part of the RLC program helped them find future friends and experience a smoother transition to college their freshmen year. By participating in an RLC, you will learn about campus resources and become more involved in your university experience. And this involvement has consistently led to RLC students remaining at the university in greater numbers, and more RLC students successfully graduating from the university.
How do I sign up?
Simply select your preferred Residential Learning Community on your online housing application. If you qualify for and are selected to participate in that RLC, we will assist you by placing you within the RLC of your choice in a freshman hall, and matching you with a roommate within that same RLC. That’s it! You can relax knowing your housing space and roommate selection are being taken care of for you.