Sustainability Living and Learning Community

The sustainability LLC is a multi-disciplinary effort, combining the Harrington School of Communication and Media, the College of Business Administration, the Center for Career and Experiential Education, the Office of Sustainability and the Department of Housing and Residential Life. Together, we are working to make URI a greener place.

Undergraduate students in this LLC will live in a 10 person suite in Garrahy Hall that is equipped with sustainable features including composting, trash weighing, a handheld clothing washer, window garden, and low flow faucets. Our program has highly developed components which make it distinct from any other Sustainability LLC in the country. See an overview of LLCs at URI


  1. Complete steps 1 (Pay Deposit) and 2 (Apply) of the Upperclass Housing Registration process by the deadlines.
  2. Answer “Yes” to the application question “Are you interested in living in the Sustainability LLC?”
  3. Complete the “Sustainability LLC Application” in your MyHousing portal by the Sustainability LLC Registration Deadline (March 11, 2017 by 11:59 PM).


Upperclass students with a strong will to learn and live a sustainable lifestyle are invited to live in the Sustainability Living and Learning Community. Students who wish to live in the LLC must participate in all of the required program components and complete a supplemental housing application.

Specific LLC requirements:

  1. Register for COM/SUS 315, Environmental Dimensions of Communication or complete an individualized directed study (3 credits) on a topic of campus sustainability that interests you during the fall semester
  2. Complete an internship for credit (1-3 credits) based on the Campus Sustainability Plan during the spring semester
  3. Commit to a one-hour LLC meeting each week
  4. Participate in a minimum of 5 hours of volunteer service with a sustainability-related project per semester
  5. Attend one field trip per semester

Programming and Traditions

The sustainability LLC focuses on the following cornerstones:

  • View and describe the world through the lens of sustainability
  • Realize opportunities for environmental stewardship by applying local solutions to global environmental & socioeconomic problems
  • Actively engage in sustainability initiatives on campus
    Integrate sustainability into your area of study

Directed Study: the directed study is a unique opportunity to explore an area of sustainability that matters to you – and receive credit for it.  In the past, students have studied marine plastic pollution, aquaculture and fisheries in Rhode Island, and sustainability education.

Internship: URI’s campus sustainability plan is full of important projects that aim to make the university a greener venue.  Some of the projects include: improving our campus tours to include information about sustainability and working with dining services to pilot a composting program for our food waste.

Weekly Meetings: in our weekly meetings, we primarily focus on personal behavior change.  Some of our meetings in the past have been: making toothpaste and deodorant, cooking meals with local food, and making terrariums.

Field Trips: each semester, we get out of suite and do something fun and educational.  In the past, we have gone on a trip to Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation. (a.k.a. the landfill). Sustainability LLC members participated in Game Day Challenge, which is a national recycling competition in which we diverted 400 lbs of recyclables at the Homecoming Game.  Members attended Symposium on Sustainability and the Environment at Bridgewater State University where we shared our directed study findings with peers from other universities.

The Sustainability LLC is an opportunity for you to live with other students interested in the environment, gain experience to add to your resume, and make yourself more marketable to graduate schools and employers.

Staff and Contacts

Academic Partner
Marsha Garcia, Campus Sustainability Officer, URI Office of Sustainability