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Ecology House

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Ecology House

Ecology House, Ithaca, NY 14850

Animals, plants, sustainability, oh my!  Whether you’re already an environmental changemaker or you’re just learning about your ecological footprint, you’ll be welcomed here.   

The nearly 100 residents of Eco have a variety of majors, but are all connected through their interest in protecting our environment in ways that promote an educated, caring, and just society. Students who live here vary in their experience saving the planet, some helping shape fossil fuel laws in their home country and some just learning about concepts like phantom power. Eco has multiple avenues for residents to get involved with environmentalism, from transitioning the hall to solar power to offering 10+ recycling options to maintaining a Swap Shop and Textbook Library for residents to reuse items within the community. One of the community’s favorite traditions is the annual retreat in the Adirondacks, and programming is abundant through our five house committees: EcoAdventures, EcoCreates, EcoEats, Project Greenhouse, and the Sustainability Committee. 

Need another reason to live here? Residents can keep certain types of pets upon approval. We’re worth the walk! 

Explore the Eco House community pages in CampusGroups.

Community features:

  • Open to first-year, transfer, and upperlevel students 
  • 96 residents 
  • Located on North Campus off of Triphammer Road, near the Africana Studies Library 
  • All double rooms, each with a private bathroom 
  • TV room; large social lounge with pool table, foosball, and ping pong; piano; lobby with sitting and meeting areas; laundry; large kitchen with pantry and fridge storage; bike workshop; textbook library; printer; two study lounges; onsite greenhouse 
  • Bedrooms contain, for each occupant: an extra-long twin bed, a closet and a bureau (or wardrobe/bureau combination), a desk and desk chair, a desk lamp, a recycling bin, a mini-bin for landfill waste, a compost bin, and floor carpeting 
  • Internet access provided through a network jack (one per occupant) in each room; Wi-fi in most common areas (residents are permitted to use their own wifi routers) 

Ecology House rooms have manually controlled air conditioning and heating in each room. 

Faculty involvement:
Ecology House has several Faculty and Community Fellows that provide students with opportunities to explore and cultivate their academic, intellectual, and cultural interests. You will find them attending events in your building, dining with students, and leading on and off campus trips to lectures, plays, films, concerts, and regional points of interest. 

Program fee:
In addition to the room rate, Ecology House residents pay a program fee of $60/year to support the many activities and events that define the community. 

How to apply for residency:
Application instructions and links can be found at Application Process: New Undergraduate Students and Application Process: Current Undergraduate Students. You will be asked to answer brief essay questions for each community to which you apply.

Dining options:
Learn more information about all Cornell Dining meal plans

For more information about Ecology House, call (607) 255-1094 or email

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