Living Learning Community (LLC)

The Environment and Sustainability LLC is one of eight academic or interest based Living Learning Communities Mason offers, and is an on campus residential community housed in Piedmont Hall. Students selected to live in the this LLC are from all majors, class years, and walks of life, but are united in their vision for a cleaner, healthier, and more equitable future for our planet.

LLC students live in the heart of Fairfax campus, in close proximity to Fenwick Library, South Side,  classrooms and the Johnson Center. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University.

Living

As a group that lives together on Piedmont 2nd the Environment and Sustainability LLC members have a unique opportunity to support one another in green living efforts. Students on the hall work to make their own carbon footprint smaller through energy and water conservation efforts, recycling and composting, and by reducing waste through reusing goods, and examining sustainable and conscientious purchasing practices. They also share the floor with the Outdoor Adventures LLC, are one floor down from the Mindful Living LLC, and have opportunities to interact with the larger Piedmont/ Tidewater housing community.

 

Sustainability LLC students tour the President’s Park Hydroponic Greenhouse. Photo by Evan Cantwell/George Mason University.

Learning

Experiential learning in the greatest sense, Sustainability LLCstudents are given the opportunity to visit sustainable sites on campus during class time, including the Potomac Heights Vegetable garden, the campus bee apiaries, and more. Lead by Professor Andrew Wingfield, students also engage in peer to peer teaching in discussion based classes, and split into teams to design sustainability projects. Many of these projects are realized through Patriot Green Fund (PGF) support, and have included implementing e-waste recycling efforts on campus, creating the Piedmont rain garden, designing student-lead green living workshops, and planning Earth Month events.

Community

LLC students also engage in many off campus service adventures to become aware of what sustainability in action looks like. Annual trips have included dune fence restoration at Assateague Island Park, trips to volunteer at sustainable farms in the area, and an overnight stay at Environmental Studies on the Piedmont to learn about and participate in conservation efforts.

Live Together, Learn More.

Want to apply or have any questions about this and other Living Learning Communities?  Contact Living Learning Community Development at llc@gmu.edu or 703-993-8910.

Be sure to check out more at Mason’s Living Learning Communities website, and view their video: