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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Geaux R.E.D.


In the fall of 2009, the Student Government Association (SGA) recognized a need for the UL Lafayette campus to become more sustainable. The first step SGA took was to create a Sustainability Committee run by its senators where they came up with events, starting with recycling old notes at the end of the semester with door prizes as incentives for part. As an homage to the Cajun culture and UL's campus, the program was named Geaux R.E.D., which stands for Recycle Everything Daily. Using the Ragin’ Cajun spelling of “geaux” and the school’s signature red, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette could be green and stay true to its roots.

In the fall of 2010 the Office of Sustainability used Foster and Martin halls as test areas to gauge the impact of recycling, secretly weighing the daily waste of each building before implementing a campus-wide program. Foster Hall reduced its daily waste by 10 percent, and Martin Hall reduced its daily waste by 48 percent.

The Program

The Geaux R.E.D. program is a single stream service. Accepted materials include: paper, plastic, aluminum, and flattened cardboard. All materials must be clear of food and liquids before placing them in the Geaux R.E.D. bag. The Geaux R.E.D. bag is provided by the Office of Sustainability for offices and residence halls on campus. These bags are made from recycled plastic and are durable, collapsible, and can be recycled after they are no longer needed.

Geaux R.E.D. bags are serviced daily by GCA campus custodians. If there are any problems or questions with daily pick-up please contact the Office of Sustainability.

Resident Hall Recycling

For Baker, Bonin, Coronna, and Huger Halls, recycling zones are located in the trash room on each floor of the dormitory. As a resident, you are responsible for emptying your Geaux R.E.D. bag into the recycling containers as you do for your trash. If you have larger items that need to be recycled, please place them inside the first floor trash room next to the recycling bins.