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Welcome to MU’s Sustainahouse.

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From left, Li Tang, Claire Friedrichsen, Sally Waldman, Henry Hellmuth, Monica Everett and Kat Seal sit on the front stoop of the six-room brick bungalow at 210 N. College Ave that they call home as residents in Sustain Mizzou's Sustainahouse project.

In a perfect world, sustainable living would be plucked right off the pages of a Sharper Image catalog — solar panels would power ultra high-efficiency appliances, and stylish zero-emissions cars would rule the roadways.

For the average American, that’s far from reality. But a group of six Mizzou students wants to show by example that anyone, even the cash-strapped college crowd, can lead a more sustainable life.

Undergraduates Monica Everett, Kat Seal, Henry Hellmuth, Li Tang, Sally Waldman and Claire Friedrichsen are the proud new residents of Sustainahouse, a project designed to bring like-minded students together for a community living experience that emphasizes environmental responsibility.

Student environmental group Sustain Mizzou chose the roommates from a pool of applicants, and they moved in just before fall classes. The six-room brick bungalow at 210 N. College Ave. was built in the 1920s and fits right in with the East Campus neighborhood that many MU students call home.

Going green in such living quarters is a challenge they welcome.

“It’s more realistic,” says Hellmuth. “We wanted to show what college kids would actually be able to do [to be more sustainable].”

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Since most college students cannot afford $10,000 solar panels or other costly energy-saving technology, Sustainahouse inhabitants are keeping things basic.

The group plans to recycle, compost, grow a vegetable garden, get around by bicycle and keep an eye on electricity and water consumption in hopes of showing peers that the path to sustainability can be inexpensive — and even fun.

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