Sustainable Environments and Engaged Democracy (SEED) Learning Community


The Sustainable Environments and Engaged Democracy (SEED) Residential Learning Community is open to students in any major. 

In this community, students will learn how many different fields interact to make the world the way it is. The linked course looks at specific intersections between ecology, economics, political science, and psychology. Members of this RLC will develop a sense of place in the region through hikes in the local area, meeting with sustainable business owners in Flagstaff, and getting involved with local politicians and community leaders. In short, students in the RLC will have fun, will learn and together, create solutions for a more sustainable society. 

Residential Learning Communities (RLC) are located in one of 10 Freshmen Connection Halls and participants are eligible for priority room selection. Additional information regarding room and roommate selection will be sent to student NAU email accounts if you are accepted into the RLC.

Join this community if you want to: 

  • Think and learn about ways to make positive change in the world
  • Find meaningful work
  • Learn practical skills to put on your resume
  • Discover inspiring solutions to big social/environmental problems  

Priority enrollment

Seats in certain high-demand classes will be reserved for freshman in this Learning Community. Your adviser will help you enroll in these courses. Visit Priority Enrollment to find out more about enrollment and advising.

Seats reserved in:

Fall semester:

  • FS 121 People, Planet, Profit: 

Have you ever wondered how you can make money and still save the world? In these challenging times we need to find ways to make a living, save our planet, have balance, and give back to society. This course will engage students in:

  • learning about the environment and ecology of the Colorado Plateau
  • learning about social justice and people.
  • learning about how you can still make a living and help the environment and people
Spring semester:
  • FS 121 School to Farm:
Curious about where your food comes from? Do you enjoy working with children? This First Year Seminar class takes your learning and puts it right into action in the garden. Students in this class will learn about our current food system and envision and practice more sustainable solutions to food. Students will learn how to develop their own lesson plans, garden with children at a local elementary school, and how to grow their own food.