Regrettably, Sustainable by Design RAP will close at the end of the Spring 2017 semester. It has been a wonderful six years at Williams Village North. Please visit the College of Engineering and Applied Science site for information on the College's other Residential Academic Programs

Located in Williams Village North, the Sustainable by Design Residential Academic Program (SbD RAP) offers a unique educational opportunity in a residential community setting to help develop students into globally focused leaders who are well versed in both the technical and societal aspects of sustainable designs.

The Sustainable by Design RAP helps ease the transition for students into a large university. Most RAP courses are limited to 30 or fewer students, so students get to know faculty and peers who have similar interests. RAP courses are taught right in Williams Village North, and co-curricular activities with a sustainability focus are offered throughout the academic year.

Living in one of the “greenest” residence halls in the country, SbD RAP students get to use Williams Village North as a laboratory. WVN has received a LEED platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council based on energy efficiency, use of sustainable materials, and novel methods of water conservation and waste management.

The SbD RAP is open to students in the follwoing majors on the University of Colorado Boulder campus: 

  • Pre-Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Design
  • Architecture & Planning

Courses offered by faculty fulfill degree requirements and/or electives for students in these majors.

Created with ongoing student participation in mind, the SbD RAP offers:

  • Courses about sustainability and design that are not offered anywhere else on campus
  • Continued participation in RAP activities beyond freshman year as a WVN resident or off-campus affiliate
  • Access to upper-division course work
  • Opportunities to teach others
  • Engagement in learning activities outside the classroom that support a high-level understanding of sustainability concepts and the design process

RAPs help students:

  • Find a sense of place and community through small classes taught in their on-campus residences
  • Participate in extracurricular activities
  • Have a greater interaction with faculty
  • RAPs set students up for academic, career, and life success by focusing on the “whole student experience” and providing a wide variety of opportunities for personal and professional development.

The benefits of living at WVN are many. Here are just a few:

  • Newest residence hall in Williams Village Community
  • Air conditioned rooms
  • Close to athletic fields
  • Computer lab in the hall (for RAP students only)
  • Shopping and off-campus Eating nearby
  • Sense of community within Williams Village
  • Convenient, warm, Buff Bus runs frequently back and forth to central campus
  • Plenty of study space
  • Beautiful community kitchen
  • Less congestion
  • Easy access to Boulder bike paths
  • Nearby parking is available