Earth House Living Learning Community

Earth House Front

Submit your application to live in Earth House here.

Be the change you seek, living in Earth House. Join an innovative 8-credit, 2-year group of like-minded students living an exploration of sustainability as residents in an historic Boston rowhouse at 7 Buswell Street. The house itself will be the object of our joint inquiry as you join with a team of faculty, sustainability@BU experts and facilities professionals to explore how you can live a high-quality, sustainable life, day to day.

Ever wonder how much water you actually use in a day, or where that water goes? Learn about the hidden systems that underpin our daily life, tracing them from  behind the walls to their ultimate sources. Interested in going further? In an optional, innovative 1-credit group research project, you’ll have the opportunity to examine and diagnose Earth House, develop proposals to advance the sustainability of Earth House, work with the university on their feasibility, and gain real-world experience in advancing positive environmental change.

Earth House community activities and field trips will connect your Earth House experience beyond its walls into Boston and beyond. We’ll trace the path of our drinking water from the Quabbin watershed to Earth House faucets to the Deer Island wastewater treatment plant; and electrons from community solar fields to our lightbulbs. Consider it a study-abroad program in the Boston you never knew existed.

Sustainability knows no disciplinary bounds. We encourage undergraduate students from across the University to participate in this exciting new opportunity.

To learn more, contact Lisa Tornatore, Outreach Coordinator for sustainability@BU at, or faculty team member Nathan Phillips at 617-997-1057.

Applications for Earth House 2016-2017 will be accepted through the BU Housing deadline of February 1. Please note that all applications turned in past the deadline will not be reviewed until after room selection and that if approved, your application may be considered for a room change over the summer.

Submit your application to live in Earth House here.