The Green House at NYU is a new residential initiative that intentionally places students into a community where living and learning is dynamic and constant. The focus of this living learning community is to provide an alternative living option that is supportive of a greener student lifestyle, while maintaining opportunities to connect with other students in a community living environment.
The Green House will support NYU’s commitment to creating a more sustainable urban campus through programs offered in the hall, as well as facilities renovations designed to reduce energy and water use. The Seventh Street residence hall has been selected as the location for Green House, a smaller hall designed to provide more opportunity to know your neighbors and build better relationships. At the Green House, you will experience hallmarks such as communal dinners with your floormates, more plentiful recycling opportunities, and conservation themed programming. We expect that students will not only build community within the Green House, but also outreach to the surrounding community by partnering with local greenmarkets and community gardens. As a commitment to sustainability, the Green House will be paperless, additional bicycle racks will be available, and a number of energy saving measures will be installed throughout the building. The two Resident Assistants (RAs) in the Green House will be selected based on a number of criteria, but also will receive specific training on sustainability and commitment to living green. This RA is a junior or senior student leader who lives in the community and provides a wide range of social and intellectual programs, as well as individual assistance for any issues that may arise during your time in the building.
The Green House is an exciting living learning community in which we hope you will become involved! All upperclass students interested in “shrinking their footprint” are invited to apply for the Green House. Institutions across the country are recognizing the importance of creating and maintaining collaborative learning communities that cross traditional campus boundaries between the formal classroom and the residential setting. Research repeatedly supports that the degree to which a student persists and succeeds in a university setting is directly related to the establishment of a community and culture of learning across the campus. The Office of Residential Life and Housing Services recognizes that a student's learning is an on-going process, not bounded by the confines of traditional class time and space, and realizes that the array of experiences outside of the traditional classroom are a haven for the application of classroom theory, experiential learning, and life skill development.