- Dillard’s president signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2005.
- The Sustainability Committee has hosted workshops on climate change and the environment, brought guest speakers to campus, purchased library resources about sustainability, and implemented a plastic recycling system. It is currently developing a sustainability component for the curriculum.
- The university received a one-year sustainability grant that allowed for a professor to teach fewer classes that year and dedicate her time to serving as the school sustainability coordinator. The grant also funded two research assistants.
- The campus features a building that is pending LEED-Gold certification, the Professional Schools and Science Building.
- The Student Union/Health and Wellness Center, currently under construction, is aiming for LEED Gold certification.
- Low-flow faucets have been installed to reduce water consumption.
- Energy-efficient LED lighting will be installed in all dormitories.
Climate Change & Energy
- The university received help from Brown University to begin assessing and reducing Dillard’s carbon footprint.
- In 2009, students, faculty, and staff signed a sustainability pledge, committing to shut off electronics when not in use, conserve water, and work to make the Dillard campus a greener community.
- Since New Orleans does not offer city-wide recycling, Dillard has initiated its own recycling program.
- In fall 2009, the university expanded the number of recyclable materials to include plastic in addition to paper.
- Recycling bins have been placed on every floor of campus buildings.
- Locally grown and produced foods are served in the dining halls.
- In 2009, Dillard hosted educational forums on climate change, sustainability, and conservation issues.
- Students have participated in the Green Light campaign, during which they swapped fluorescent light bulbs for incandescent bulbs in community homes.
- Dillard students can hold sustainability internship positions with the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice.