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.

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History

At the turn of the 20th century, the first president of the University, Dr. Edwin Lewis Stephens, hand-planted a grove of live oak trees.  Now known as the Twentieth-Century Oaks, these majestic trees envelope the edge of campus with strength, stability, and steadfastness.  Stephens later founded the Live Oak Society, a preservation association across 14 states with over 7,000 protected live oak trees.

The University has been committed to the stewardship of our natural environment since its founding.  This long-standing environmental ethic supports the University’s mission to explore solutions to national and world issues through instruction, research, service, and exemplary leadership.  It is this responsibility that motivates the University’s sustainability initiative.

The Office of Sustainability formed from a grassroots movement in 2010 by our passionate students to implement a recycling program on campus. University President Dr. E. Joseph Savoie created the President’s Council on Sustainability in 2011 to guide the University’s efforts and to integrate environmental sustainability into campus life. 

President Savoie later charged the committee in 2013 to develop a sustainability policy that would define a vision for long-term sustainability at the University, and would describe the necessary steps for implementing such a vision. At the start of 2014, the University’s first Director of Sustainability was hired to work with the committee in formalizing the University’s sustainability efforts, actively engaging our students, and further expanding our community outreach efforts.

During the summer of 2014, the University Council approved the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's first Comprehensive Sustainability Policy.

The university takes an integrated approach to achieving campus sustainability that includes:

  • Curriculum
  • Research
  • Procurement through Disposal Practices
  • Operational Procedures & Practices
  • Master Planning & Facilities
  • Project Based Learning Opportunities