Sustainability House at Barrett

The Sustainability House at Barrett is one of the most comprehensive living and learning communities in the nation devoted to sustainable living concepts.  ASU President Michael Crow’s commitment to Sustainability with the first School of Sustainability and first major in Sustainability in the country was expanded in 2009 with the development of the Sustainability House at Barrett (SHAB), a student-driven living and learning community of two connected residence halls intentionally designed to accommodate 203 students from a variety of disciplines.  Barrett leadership worked with students to fund the following features:

  • a greywater reuse system
  • energy and water use monitoring capabilities
  • experimental green roof
  • rooftop solar panels
  • an organic garden
  • cost saving dual-flush toilets
  • individual thermostat controls
  • public display of resources use in Barrett Honors College and other ASU facilities

Students from all four years who select to live in SHAB also belong to the SHAB student organization committed to organizing activities, retreats and events that support sustainability initiatives on campus and in the larger local, national and global communities. Members do not have to live in the residential community (although it is certainly encouraged!) to become an active member of the organization.

If you are interested in learning more about SHAB,