Students participate in an outdoor LLC activity

Sustainability Living Learning Community

Through your experiences, you will engage in hands-on activities to understand the complexity of key environmental themes and explore sustainable solutions. You will build a close-knit community in Dowling Hall and take part in a course that employs case studies, computer mapping exercises, community partners and some outdoor field work to actively examine important environmental issues facing humanity today.

You will participate in a camping trip in September and engage with local community partners doing sustainability work. We will also explore local companies using sustainable methods or developing sustainable products as part of their business plan.

What Sustainability LLC students said about their experience:

"Going on the camping trip was an absolute blast and a great way to connect with classmates"

"My LLC community focused on becoming a tight knit group that can respect each other, build each other up in our endeavors, and try to be more aware of our impact on this planet."

"Our community values sustainability, diverse experiences, inclusion, and experience. We are intentional about hearing everyone's voices. I learned a lot about why each person cares about sustainability." 

Hall Location Dowling Hall

ESCI 132: Intro to Environmental Science OR

ENVR 151: Environmental Challenges 


Lisa Lamb;

David Kelley;

First Year Experience Meets the Learning Community requirement under FYE
Core Area Courses

Natural Science

Social Scientific Analysis

Academic Major/Minor

Environmental Studies

Environmental Science


Geographic Information Systems


LLC Capacity This LLC is limited to 42 students

Sample LLC Events

While LLC events vary from year to year, here are some examples of recent LLC events. LLC students are expected to attend at least 4 events or activities over the course of their fall semester to meet their learning community requirement.

  • LLC create[space] LED Lamp-Making and Reusable Mug Making Events
  • Kiss the Ground Movie Screening
  • U of M Turfgrass Research Center Tour
  • Thrifting and Trader Joes Outing
  • Camping Trip and Field Lab
  • LLC Kick-Off Canoe Trip
  • Sustainability Dinner