Active participation in year-long, student-directed project (satisfying Q-project requirement, as part of the Q199 course) implementing a sustainability improvement on campus

Enrollment in MINIMUM of one (1) environment/sustainability-focused Collins Seminar class (satisfying Collins seminar requirement)

Completion of 10 volunteer hours per semester (20/academic year) in student-selected community organizations

Engagement with SustainCollins Coordinators (campus sustainability leaders who serve as mentors to SustainCollins residents) and Peer Mentor(s) (Collins LLC upperclassmen who serve as student project leads and plan additional programming for SustainCollins members).

Additional program offerings may include:

  • Speaker series with influential environmental leaders, including visiting scholars and local community leaders.
  • Programs offered through neighboring world-class University initiatives, including the Environmental Resilience Institute and the Food Institute
  • Others, as suggested by residents!


SustainCollins is open to students of all majors and disciplines who are interested in gaining professional skills, diving deep into environmental topics, and incorporating sustainability into their every-day lives. To join the program, students must live in Collins LLC. This program is open to all Collinsites interested in maintaining a sustainable dorm lifestyle with other peers. SustainCollins members must complete an additional Resident Agreement detailing membership requirements (information below).


Funding (through a MINIMUM $1,000 housing credit) is available for returning Collins residents interested in becoming Peer Mentors. Contact SustainCollins Co-Coordinators Tanjimul Alam ( and Elspeth Hayden ( for more information, and to apply.


To join SustainCollins, you must first complete the Residential Programs and Services (RPS) housing application. Be sure to answer all Collins-specific questions and indicate your interest in the SustainCollins program. A member of the SustainCollins staff will reach out to you at your IU email address with the additional Resident Agreement detailing membership requirements. For questions about housing contact Collins LLC (

Interested in joining?

Be sure to mark the “SustainCollins” option in the Collins-specific questions on your IU Housing application!

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