Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.95
Liaison Rob Andrejewski
Submission Date Feb. 18, 2013
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STARS v1.2

University of Richmond
ER-T2-4: Themed Housing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Todd Lookingbill
Faculty Advisor
Geography/Environmental Studies
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Does the institution have sustainability-themed housing (residential floor or hall, or theme house) where residents learn about sustainability together and to which residents must apply?:

A brief description of the themed housing, including name(s) and descriptions of theme(s):
The University of Richmond offers alternative housing options for sophomores, juniors, and seniors called living and learning communities. The goal of these separate residences is it to connect students with common interests to live together and share real-world learning experiences. As the first living and learning community established on campus, the Earth Lodge is “a community for naturalists by naturalists”. The program aims to offer a living experience that provides students an opportunity to engage in communal dialogue about human connections with nature that promote learning and understanding. The community is required to take a class named Geography/Environmental Studies 215: Geography of the James River Watershed. The course’s goal is to facilitate the involvement of students with their local ecosystem and to learn more about resource challenges facing urban watersheds. The course concludes with a project that works directly with the James River Park System. Outside of the classroom, students of the Earth Lodge are encouraged to plan and participate in group excursions that further their knowledge about sustainably and the environment. In past years, the community has gone on trips to the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park, and First Landing State Park. In addition, the community participates in community service projects.

The website URL where information about the themed housing is available:
The total number of residents in themed housing. :

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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