News Release

PlanLafayette Focuses on Sustainability from Campus to Community
Posted: 7/24/2019 5:00 PM
 

PlanLafayette Focuses on Sustainability from Campus to Community

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On Aug. 1, UL Lafayette’s Office of Sustainability will host the third edition of the monthly PlanLafayette Days. The agenda will highlight the community’s vision for sustainable approaches to development, including topics such as stormwater management, transportation and waste reduction; as well as partners working to achieve related goals. 

This free public event will offer multiple sessions for attendees to engage: 

11 a.m.

UL Lafayette Sustainability Strategic Plan – Attendees will hear an overview of the University’s mission, goals and strategic plan for the Office of Sustainability. The session will also demonstrate how UL Lafayette’s Master Plan and PlanLafayette guided the development of the Sustainability Strategic Plan

 

12 p.m.

Lunch N Learn: Campus as a Living Lab – Thanks to Bluewing Civil Consulting, attendees will enjoy a complimentary lunch from Good Eats Kitchen. During this session, University representatives will demonstrate how the Living Lab initiative is designed to solve real world problems through cross-disciplinary collaboration. Attendees can expect a discussion on Living Lab concepts and goals, including stormwater and waste management on campus, and how learned techniques are applied by business and government to address community needs.

 

2 p.m.

Building a Sustainable Transportation Network – Citizens are invited to attend this panel as subject matter experts from UL Lafayette’s Office of Sustainability, Lafayette Consolidated Government and the Acadiana Planning Commission discuss the goals for and problems with our local transportation network. Registrants will learn about insights gleaned from the University’s first annual student commuter survey and goals for University-related transportation, the future of public transit, accomplishments towards a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly community, and carpooling as a regional movement.

 

3:30 p.m.

Solar PART Lab Tour and Electric Vehicle Charging Station Ribbon Cutting – Attendees will hop on a bus for an up-close look at UL Lafayette’s $5 million Solar PART (Photovoltaic Applied Research and Testing) Lab at the Research Park and then celebrate Lafayette’s first public electric vehicle charging station with a ribbon cutting.

 

“Sustainability from Campus to Community” is the third in the PlanLafayette monthly series that will continue through December. All sessions scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 1, are open to the public, FREE of charge; however registration is required for each session to ensure adequate space, refreshments and transportation. For event registration and location visit:

Entering its fifth year since adoption, PlanLafayette – Lafayette’s Comprehensive Plan – is expected to see updates and a five-year amendment in 2019-2020. In celebration of this anniversary year, various Lafayette Consolidated Government departments and initiatives – including Project Front Yard and CREATE – have teamed up to coordinate the monthly events with other partner organizations such as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Acadiana Planning Commission. Monthly themes include Embracing the Parish, Strategizing Economic Growth, Diversifying our Economy, Sustainability and Green Infrastructure, and Infrastructure Planning. 

Thanks to the support of generous partners, all monthly PlanLafayette activities will be free of charge, although some events require registration and/or RSVP. All event information will be on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lafayettecomprehensiveplan and http://lafayettela.gov/ComprehensivePlan/Pages/the-plan.aspx.

PlanLafayette Week was first held in 2014 and was originally conceived to introduce citizens to the ideas and action items recommended in the draft comprehensive plan. Since the plan’s adoption, it has become an event series where plan successes are celebrated and new initiatives are launched.