LAFAYETTE – From composting, to recycling, to solar energy, the University of Louisiana-Lafayette is now internationally renowned for it’s efforts in being Eco-friendly.
The Indonesian GreenMetric Rankings were recently released, and it places UL-Lafayette as the number 25th college in the U.S. for Eco-friendliness.
The ranking also puts UL-Lafayette as the number one university in the state, making them the least wasteful college in Louisiana.
Says Director for UL’s Office of Sustainability Gretchen Vanicor, “We are extremely efficient with the resources that we’ve been given, going above and beyond to make sure that we are conserving resources and that we’re being responsible stewards to our community, to our state and to our world.”
In the fall of 2018, Cajun Field became the first stadium in the state to go 100% trash-less, offering visitors the option to either recycle or compost items like bowls and cups.
“We’re defining problems on campus and in our communities,” explains Vanicor, “We’re testing those solutions on campus and actively looking for community partners to take it off campus.”
The GreenMetric list also awards points for the amount of vegetation on campus, something UL-Lafayette does not lack. But Vanicor says its the work of students that helped get the positive green grades.
“Really working with our students through research projects,” continues Vanicor, “Through hands on projects like the Beau Soleil Louisiana Solar Home; like the ‘Part Lab’ to really teach our students how to – after they leave here – how to make improvements in our world.”
This international ranking is also a sign of even greener things to come.
“We’re really pushing the envelope, we’re pushing boundaries,” adds Vanicor, “We’re testing solutions on campus and finding ways to bring those into our community, because we really take this responsibility seriously.”
The GreenMetric Rankings puts UL-Lafayette 195th out of 719 international universities considered. With the way things are going, they could even crack the top 100 in the near future.
Supporting the university annual fund is how many of these Eco-solutions are being funded.