February 2020: Louisiana State University

February, 2020

View of LSU Campus

Louisiana State University (LSU) has been an NCSE Member for 12 years. LSU’s proximity to the banks of the Mississippi River and the fastest disappearing coastline in the continental U.S. contributes to its unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability. As an R1 university in the Carnegie Higher Education Classification, LSU’s research productivity places the university in the top 3% of higher education institutions in the U.S. As a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution, LSU is globally known as a leader in coastal and environmental research and education.

LSU continually strives to demonstrate efficient and environmentally responsible activities, operations, and education by incorporating sustainable living and recycling into campus operations and events. The university promotes sustainable practices both on and off campus, provides resources and support for those who wish to incorporate sustainable practices in their work and life, and advocates for sustainable programs and initiatives. Their goals include increasing campus-wide recycling, decreasing energy usage in buildings, incorporating green and sustainable alternatives in building design, and promoting alternative fuels/modes of transportation.

Did You Know? LSU’s commitment to sustainability reaches all corners of its campus. In fact, LSU’s Landscape Services Department has achieved Tree Campus USA designation for the past several years in a row by using a proactive and aggressive approach to planting trees on university grounds. More than 250 new trees have been planted since 2013, and there are currently 5,000 mature trees of various species around campus.