College is probably the first opportunity many people get to choose their roommates and live with friends who have similar passions and interests.

Eight Agnes Scott College students with a passion for living sustainably will be living together this fall in the Eco House, a residence geared toward preserving energy and resources. Students living in the house will do the usual recycling and composting, but they’ll also air dry their clothes, water the garden with water saved from dish washing and showers and cook food they’ve grown in the garden. 

“Students will be able to do sustainability practices in their daily lives and then they’ll get to spread those practices to the wider community,” said Leah Bryant ’13, a sustainability fellow at Agnes Scott. Sustainability fellows are recent Agnes Scott graduates who help spearhead and implement environmentally friendly initiatives on campus.

Students living in the Eco House, which is supported by a grant from Porsche, also will be holding demonstrations at the house throughout the year to teach the campus and community tips for reducing their environmental impact.

“I think it’s important for students to learn these initiatives early so that when they get out of college they will be able to continue that growth and hopefully teach others as well,” said Avi Greene ’13, another sustainability fellow.