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Building Safe and Inclusive Learning Communities

Carson House: Sustainable Futures


Carson House: Sustainable Futures UC Merced provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a sustainable economic, social and environmental way of living that preserves the ability of current and future generations to meet their and others' needs. Our faculty, staff and students embrace this opportunity and are building sustainability into every aspect of the campus. Our community provides opportunities to engage with the campus vision and to explore the positive roles that individuals, teams and societies play in interacting with and protecting the environment. Carson House seeks to deepen our sense of place and build the skills needed to create sustainable futures through partnerships on campus and in the surrounding area.

Why Carson House?

  • Learn about pressing sustainability concerns in the Central Valley.
  • Engage in on-campus and off-campus sustainability efforts.
  • Identify your own pathway to supporting sustainability efforts.

Highlights from 2019-2020

Yosemite Trip

A group of Carson House scholars will visit Yosemite National Park to engage in a day of service. Learning from on-site educators and volunteers, students immerse themselves in an overnight retreat to hear the more pressing concerns for the wellbeing of our national parks.

Weekly Study Hours

Our Carson House Scholars set up in-house study groups that meet weekly for popular courses: biology, chemistry, mathematics and writing. The Carson House Fellow helps students set up study schedules, provides study tips for courses and can help coordinate academic support services.

My LLC has brought me closer with my peers and taught me how to collaborate with them in tackling today’s major issues. Seeing the different communities and different types of people showed me how we can all work together and take advance of our differences.” ~Stephanie Ross (2018-2019 Carson House Scholar)

The LLCs are a great place to collaborate with a diverse group of people. We may have different disciplines – one’s in biology, the other is in engineering or political science – but we have the same goals. And it’s the marriage of these different ideas that allow us to grow and change.” ~Austin John Escobar (2018-2019 Carson House Scholar)

How to Join

To join Carson House, a particpant must indicate Carson House as one of your top preferences during your housing selection.


For more information about Carson House, please contact us at

If you have specific questions regarding housing, including the cost of housing and meal plans, please visit the housing website.