Contact us at Sustainable.Living.Center@dartmouth.edu
Our Core Values
We recognize there is a need for students, faculty and other community
members to learn the practical skills involved with living a more sustainable
lifestyle. To address this expressed and growing student need and to uphold
the institution´s commitment to environmental awareness and stewardship, we
propose that Dartmouth establish a Sustainable Living Center. The SLC will
* Focused on education: The SLC is designed to
further the education of students and other community members in ways that
are not currently being offered. It will therefore be strongly linked to a
diverse range of academic programs at Dartmouth.
* On campus: It must be readily accessible to all
students and faculty as part of its inclusive and educational values.
* Self-reliant: It must be a free-standing
building that is not dependant on outside sources
of energy and minimizes the output of waste products. The mechanisms for
minimizing inputs and outputs will be working demonstrations of how to live
more sustainably, as part of the educational purpose of the center. These
will provide the hands-on experiential education that currently is unavailable
* Designed, developed and operated by students: As
part of the educational process, academic courses and individual students
will benefit by the experiences of planning and running the SLC. Researching
and developing every part of the SLC is a valuable educational opportunity.
* Community-oriented and community-dependent: It
must be in part a residential space for at least 10 residents. An important
part of sustainability is the sustainability of a community and the ability
to share tasks and resources.
* Highly involved with the Dartmouth community:
It must be a non-exclusive space that actively seeks to serve all members of
the Dartmouth community as part of its educational purpose.
We envision the SLC as a household that would be a venue for experiential
learning in regards to sustainability, an educational resource for the
broader Dartmouth community, and a place that would allow residents to
practice a lifestyle of minimal environmental impact. The SLC is very much in
line with Dartmouth’s tradition and is an important way in which Dartmouth
can lead the way in sustainability.
Living at the SLC
As a house, the SLC (North Hall) has 19 beds on coed floors for sophomores,
juniors, and seniors committed to participating in and developing events and
ideas for the SLC, for setting an example on the Dartmouth campus. Students
are expected to take some sort of position in the
house, to help with chores and weekly house dinners as well as their other
interests, and to live conscientiously, self-observing and -critical. Just
remember, you might have to think twice about you mini-fridge and hairdryer.
We love people with lots of experience already, but we´re even more excited
about involving and working with people who have not yet fully put their
minds to it! In order to give as many students as possible the chance to live
at the SLC and to spread what we learn intimately by living there to other
living spaces on campus, we do ask that students consider limiting the number
of terms they spend at the SLC.
YOU want to live with us? Apply through the
program. Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience or academic interests.