Earth House

BU's first living-learning community

Nathan Phillips poses for a photo in front of the Earth House on Friday, January 15, 2016. It is a residential education program at 7 Buswell St., where accepted environmental studies students will live and study the house itself, among other things, as part of a two year program of seminars and "experiential projects."

What is Earth House?

In 2016, in a historic rowhouse in South Campus, 19 undergraduates registered the first Living-Learning Community at BU, integrating curriculum with student life and housing. They called it Earth House.

With help from instructional staff from BU Sustainability, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, students learn about sustainable living and earn credits toward graduation.

Living, intentionally

Imagine living in a place where every day is an experiment. Mundane daily rituals – eating, commuting, showering – assume importance as we consider their impact on humans and other species. At Earth House, students record and consider the results of daily choices and use this thoughtful accounting to inform future action.

From studying the carbon footprint of foodways to light bulb wattage to showerhead flow rates, curiosity and a commitment to continuous improvement are part of the fabric at Earth House. Project-based, student-led learning units are part of a two-year sustainability curriculum that's building a better future for us all, from the ground up.

Interested in being part of the Earth House community?

Experience the magic of living and learning with fellow students who share your enthusiasm for making a positive impact. Submit an application today.

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