Geaux R.E.D.

Geaux R.E.D. is the Ragin’ Cajun spin on “go green” recycling programs. Initiated by students, Geaux R.E.D. is a recycling service that spans across campus. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are encouraged to recycle everything daily (R.E.D.) and help make UL Lafayette’s campus more sustainable.

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Find out what is happening around campus and how to apply sustainable practices.

Leaders in Sustainability

At the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, we're leaders in sustainability. Our new Student Union is the first major building in Lafayette recognized for environmental sustainability by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

Being LEED-certified means that we met high standards in construction, recycling, and efficient energy usage.

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Welcome to UL's Office of Sustainability! The University of Louisiana at Lafayette was founded on the principles of good stewardship of the environment. As the Office of Sustainability, our purpose is to ensure that the University continues to be socially, economically, and environmentally conscious of all its actions.

We aim to raise awareness of our environmental impact, educate in sustainable best practices, reduce resource consumption and waste production, and instill environmental ethic and values in our students, faculty, and staff. This is done through an integrated approach that includes curriculum, research, procurement through disposal practices, operational procedures and practices, master planning and facilities, and project based learning opportunities. Check out some of our initiatives below! 

Explore Our Initiatives

Geaux Vélo

Geaux Vélo

Geaux Vélo, our new round-trip bike share system, is now available to students, faculty, staff, and our community neighbors! There are three Geaux Vélo bike share stations located at Cajun Field, The Union, and Girard Park Circle Parking Tower that house a total of fifty-two bikes. Membership is free, and low-cost fees will be based on hourly usage! Sign up now at GeauxVeloBikeShare.com.

Zero Waste

Zero Waste

At the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, we are taking a stand against waste. A Zero Waste philosophy is not just about recycling, it is about reducing our waste stream altogether. We have many programs on campus that help us achieve this goal. These programs include Geaux R.E.D., E-Cycle, S.W.A.P. Shop, One Less Bottle, Gameday Challenge, Goodwill Not Landfill, and Food Recovery Network. 

Landscape

Landscape

As good stewards of out environment, we have many initiatives that involve caring for our landscape. Some of our low impact design strategies include constructing rain gardens and bioswales on campus to help mitigate stormwater runoff. Our first bioswale has been planted adjacent to Wharton Hall! We have plans to construct rain gardens this summer with Soul Camp volunteers. 

Our University has been recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA for seven consecutive years. We also work with Bob's Tree Preservation on the Acorns of Hope, a non-profit initiative that aims to begin the reforestation of the quickly eroding coastline of South Louisiana. 

Community Engagement