Nationally Recognized

We're nationally recognized for our work to improve recycling, make buildings with more energy-efficient, reduce food waste on campus, and improve bicycle transportation on campus.

For those efforts and more, UL Lafayette is one of 11 universities to earn the 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Award.

Geaux Velo

We're committed to making the University community more bike-friendly and give more people access to bikes for transportation. Because of that, we're the first university in Louisiana to be named a Bike Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists!

Learn more about Geaux Vélo, our round-trip bike sharing system, which is available for students, faculty, staff, and members of the public!


Zero Waste

We're committed to not just recycling, but reducing our waste overall.

Our Zero Waste initiative includes efforts to reduce food waste, recycle electronics and office supplies on campus, install bottle-refilling water fountains, and increase recycling from tailgating with the national Gameday Challenge. 

Zero Waste also includes our overall recycling program, Geaux R.E.D., which spans across campus.

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.

Sustainability Research

As a university, we're committed to research for a reason—which includes finding alternative fuels, studying the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and designing and building green homes.

Find out more about our efforts to promote sustainable practices through our academics and research.

Get Involved

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! 


Sustainability Blog

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

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. 



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

Community Engagement

Getting involved in on and off campus service projects is an important part of achieving campus sustainability. Our goal is to lead the discussions and initiatives that will increase awareness and inspire positive, active involvement from the entire University community and Acadiana region.

Special service projects include: 

  • S.O.U.L. Camp (Service, Outreach, Unity, and Leadership) Day of Service
  • The Big Event
  • UNIV100 class special projects

Service based student organizations include:

  • AmeriCorps
  • Beacon Club
  • Blue Key National Honors Society
  • Circle K International
  • Omega Phi Alpha

If you would like to get involved in a service organization or project, find more information on the Office of Community Service website!