The Albion College Environmental House (E-House) is a sustainable living/learning center for undergraduate student residents who collaborate closely with faculty and staff. The primary mission of the E-House is to assist participating students, the College as a whole, and the larger community to learn to live more sustainably by minimizing the environmental impacts of their daily lives.
Munger Annex, 405 N. Berrien St., a five-minute walk from the College's main Quad. Read more about Munger Annex in the Office of Residential Life section of the website.
The E-House fosters the students' investigation of, and ability to manage, physical (e.g., heating, cooling, lighting), biological (e.g., foods, grounds, gardening), and cultural (e.g., consumerism, entertainment) systems. E-House participation enables students to develop (a) a holistic view of their own impact on the environment and (b) responsibility for their own actions, while allowing them to practice sustainability in their daily lives as a matter of conviction. Participating students are encouraged to investigate the applicability of sustainable living practices to typical Michigan housing. The E-House demonstrates best practices for both the College and the Albion community while serving as an ideal vehicle for students' experiential learning.
The E-House operates under a system of shared governance among the residents. This includes an ability to demonstrate a collaborative approach to making decisions about all aspects of living and learning in a community. Student participants in the program commit to live in the E-House for a full academic year (fall and spring semesters). All E-House residents simultaneously enroll in a course in Environmental Sustainability that encompasses many of the learning objectives of the program.