The Roble Living Laboratory for Sustainability at Stanford (ROLLSS) is a platform for Stanford undergraduates to wrestle daily and deeply with the possibilities and challenges of living more sustainably. Housed in Roble Hall, Stanford's largest four-class house, ROLLSS includes an organic garden, undergraduate seminars, a graduate-student speaker series, and activities intended to engage Roble's residents in curbing their natural-resource waste. ROLLSS also involves physical improvements to Roble, including the renovation in summer 2017 of one of the dorm's public rooms into a "makerspace" that will focus on sustainability and on art.

ROLLSS seeks to transform Roble, an iconic Beaux-Arts building that will turn 100 in 2018, into a model of sustainability for its second century.

Through Thursday, April 13, Stanford undergraduates may apply to pre-assign into Roble for the 2017-18 academic year as Roble Sustainability Leaders. To learn more, and to apply, click here.

Roble also is recruiting a graduate student whose research focuses on sustainability to live in the dorm in the 2017-18 academic year and help coordinate the ROLLSS program. Graduate students from any academic discipline may apply. Email for more information.

In addition, Stanford undergraduates may enroll in a 1-unit spring-quarter course structured around Hard Earth, a series in which graduate students whose research focuses on sustainability give lectures about their work. More information is available here and by emailing Andrew Sonta, the graduate student who coordinates the Hard Earth series and the 1-unit course, at

ROLLSS has drawn support and involvement from institutions across Stanford, including the Precourt Institute for Energy; the Woods Institute for the Environment; the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences; the Office of Sustainability; Residential & Dining Enterprises; the Office of Residential Education; the Office of Residential Programs; the offices of the vice provosts of undergraduate education, of graduate education, and of teaching and learning; the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; the Stanford Energy Club, and Students for a Sustainable Stanford.

A more-detailed ROLLSS website is coming soon.