Kayak on river. Photo: Jay Langlois.

Learning communities for green entering freshmen

Entering freshman may apply to join one of 14 co-curricular Scholars Programs. These learning communities bring together students of all majors and backgrounds with common interests into academically oriented living communities.

Two Scholars Programs deal directly with environmental issues:


The Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Scholars share an interest and passion for the environment and the outdoors. They live as a community in Morrill Tower on West Campus, have weekly meetings and events with their fellow ENR Scholars, and attend programs and lectures with leading environmental researchers. In addition, ENR Scholars have the opportunity to visit the Columbus Zoo, go camping in Hocking Hills State Park, go hiking in Columbus Metro Parks, and much more. Past ENR Scholars events have included visiting the Quasar anaerobic digester, volunteering at the OSU wetlands facility, touring Gavin Power Plant, a canoeing trip on the Olentangy River, and even meeting Jack Hanna from the Columbus Zoo.

For more information concerning the ENR Scholars Program, please contact ENR Scholars’ Graduate Assistant John Grayson, at, or the School of environment and Natural Resources’ Academic Program Manager Renee Johnston, at


Green Engineering Scholars share an interest in exploring innovation and technological development within the field of green engineering. They live as a community in Lane Avenue Residence Hall on North Campus, and attend biweekly meetings with their fellow Green Engineering Scholars. They explore areas including renewable energy, sustainable product systems, and green construction and manufacturing. Past Green Engineering Scholars activities have included volunteer service at the OSU wetlands facility with Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW), a tour of Gavin Power Plant, and a tour of the Center for Automotive Research.

For more information concerning the Green Engineering Scholars Program, please contact the Green Engineering Scholars Coordinator Liz Riter at