Keep Louisiana Beautiful
Thanks to the efforts of the UNO Sustainability Circle, the UNO Office of Research, and dedicated faculty and staff members on campus, the University of New Orleans has become a certified University Affiliate of Keep Louisiana Beautiful!
Being a Keep Louisiana Beautiful university affiliate is a special mark of distinction and represents a commitment by the university to continual improvement in sustainability and environmental issues, promoting student environmental stewardship and engagement, and rigorous outcome measurement. It offers state recognition and sends a strong message to university stakeholders, as well as city, state, and national leaders. It signifies that we are part of a greater movement of over 600 national affiliates and 40 state affiliates that have a proven track record of behavioral change and preserving the beauty of Louisiana.
The process to become a certified University Affiliate involved a commitment to litter prevention, waste reduction, and beautification on campus—and it took a year to complete. But the University of New Orleans was dedicated to the process!
||University Affiliate Coordinator
||Assistant Vice President for Research & Economic Development
||Research Development Administrator, Office of Research
Native Plant Initiative of Greater New Orleans
The Native Plant Initiative of Greater New Orleans helped select the native trees and shrubs planted in the Fine Arts Woodlot.
Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services
Chartwells manages UNO’s dining services with a focus on sustainability.
History of Us
In the fall of 2021, the UNO Sustainability Circle began "Keep UNO Beautiful," a prospective University Affiliate of the state-wide program Keep Louisiana Beautiful. We reached out to more partners on campus, and the new Sustainability at UNO website went live in early 2022!
In July 2022, Keep UNO Beautiful officially became a University Affiliate of Keep Louisiana Beautiful and was recognized among the premier class of university affiliates.
In September 2022, KLB awarded university affiliate coordinator Carol Lunn two grants: one for reducing single-use plastics by installing bottle refill water fountains in areas most used by students, and one for marking storm drains on campus to reduce litter and chemicals contaminating Lake Pontchartrain.
Keep UNO Beautiful and the UNO Office of Research have sponsored two Audubon Mural Project murals on campus that transformed nondescript utility doors into art installations drawing attention to local birds affected by climate change. Native plant gardens were installed near each set of murals to tie the art in with the ecosystem.