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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E-Waste Recycling

E-Cycle Program

At UL, we believe that it is important to reduce our overall waste stream, and one way to help us do that is by recycling those used ink and toner cartridges! Our office will pick up your old cartridges, repack them, and send them off to Funding Factory where they will recycled and refurbished. Funding Factory, the leading fundraising-thru-recycling company in the continental United States, then donates the money raised through those efforts to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Campus Sustainability Fund. This money goes towards sustainability initiatives such as purchasing recycling bins for UL's campus and athletic facilities. It also goes towards funding events such as the University's Fête de la Terre annual Earth Day Celebration.  See how you can help our cause today!

In addition to recycling ink and toner cartridges, this office partnered with sponsors CGI and Capital Area Corporate Recycling during Fête de la Terre 2016 to host an E-Waste Drop Off. This allowed the campus community to responsibly recycle old electronic items such as computers, laptops, gaming consoles, hard drives, etc. Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council provides refurbished computers and equipment to schools, Nonprofits, and low income families. The organization accomplishes this by electronic refurbishment and recycling, including collection, sorting, dismantling, refurbishing, data wiping, sales and donations. Since this event was so successful, we plan on conducting this drop off at least once a year. See what items are accepted through this program here, and check back with us to see when the next drop off will be held! 

What We Accept:

Ink Cartridges

Toner Cartridges

How to Participate:

To have someone from our office pick up used cartridges, please fill out this webform. If you have any questions, please email sustainability@louisiana.edu.