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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Campus includes over 250 buildings, farms, recreational areas, and research centers, all of which are carefully cultivated to reflect the natural beauty of Acadiana. Main campus features 150 acres in the heart of Lafayette, Louisiana, easily accessible by foot, bike, automobile, or public transit. At the center of campus is our LEED Silver Student Union and Cypress Lake, a managed wetland filled with cypress trees, irises, fish, turtles, birds, and alligators.

In 2013, a Master Plan was developed to guide the University as it continues to grow and develop. The document was created around smart growth principles, including a pedestrian and bike-friendly campus, mixed- use opportunities, and interconnected thoroughfares.

STRATEGIC OPERATIONS GOAL: Cultivate a healthier, more resilient campus community and mitigate our negative environmental impacts affecting current and future generations by fully institutionalizing sustainability principles and best practices into all areas of university operations and development.