Tulane University is committed to working towards climate neutrality. Since the 1990s, Tulane University has had a strong recycling program, and a full-time sustainability coordinator is focusing efforts on green building projects. In Fall 2012, both Weatherhead Hall, a residence hall, and the Hertz Center, an athletics practice facility, received LEED certification at the Gold level. Three other new construction and major renovation projects are registered with LEED, pursuing certification. In 2013, Flower Hall, a new chemical engineering building, and a major laboratory renovation in the J. Bennett Johnston building also received LEED certification. Off-campus, projects such the green, affordable homes designed and constructed by Tulane architecture students have advanced sustainable rebuilding efforts in New Orleans. Now in schematic design, the renovation of Richardson Memorial Hall, home of the Tulane School of Architecture, aims to preserve the historic integrity of the 1908 building. Architecture students will be involved throughout the design and construction process. Almost every school within the university offers an environmental major or focus. These include an environmental health sciences degree, an environmental science degree, an interdisciplinary environmental studies degree, and studios that focus on sustainable design in the School of Architecture. Required service-based courses (Tulane has a public service requirement for all students), internships, and independent studies provide students with opportunities for sustainability research. The university supports many transportation choices, providing a comprehensive shuttle service and 2,600 bicycle parking spaces on the Uptown campus. Student employees research and implement campus improvements to improve sustainability through the Office of Sustainability.
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Sustainability-focused degree available
School employs a sustainability officer
Public GHG inventory plan
% food budget spent on local/organic food