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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Student Groups

Alpha Zeta is a national honorary professional society of men and women in the natural resource sciences.  

AmeriCorps Community Service Program has over 500 members who have provided over 300,000 hours of community service to south Louisiana. AmeriCorps has been instrumental in improving education and housing, responding to disasters, and making community service a central feature of student life on the UL Lafayette campus.

Blue Key Honor Society dedicates its time and efforts to fulfilling the Blue Key Honor Society motto: Serving I live. Members are active in service both on campus and in the community.

CampusCats is an organization that improves the living of campus cats and community by promoting logical, compassionate, and ethical solutions, such as TNR (trap, neuter, and return, which includes medical treatment) and foster programs, both of which help prevent feral cat overpopulation, improved health of feral colonies, improved lives of stray cats, and provides a healthy educational environment for students and the public.

Geaux Bike is a social bike club that welcomes both novice and experienced bikers. The group is centered around making the University of Louisiana at Lafayette a biker-friendly campus by offering information sessions on bicycle maintenance, safety, and rules.  Members have an opportunity to unite as an organization, grow friendships, meet new people and explore the beautiful city of Lafayette.

Horticulture Club creates strong relationships among all students interested in horticulture and other areas of the Plant Sciences. The club goals include: promotion of horticulture at local, state, and national levels, and promotion of fellowship among students on professional and social levels.

Habitat for Humanity and the University partner to help develop communities for people in need by building houses in the Lafayette area.

Society for Peace, Environment, Action & Knowledge (SPEAK) is a student group involved in promoting environmental awareness and activism on the UL campus as well as in the Lafayette community.

Student Government Association represents students in matters pertaining to student welfare, student activities, student participation in University planning, and administration and student opinion.

Service. Outreach. Unity. Leadership. (SOUL) Camp is a unique experiential transition program for new students. The program is designed to provide additional opportunities for new students to build relationships with incoming and upperclass students, engage in community service, learn about campus spirit and traditions, develop an appreciation for multiculturalism and diversity, and discover their personal leadership skills.