Challenger Profile at a Glance
Meet XULA Green, 2021 International Climate Action Challenge Eco-Champion award-winners!
#21 – XULA Green
Location: Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Registered Challengers: Sara Good-Chanmugam, Helena Robinson, Bridget Irvin
90-Day Challenge Period: September 1 – November 30, 2021
XULA Green, the Xavier Office of Sustainability was formed in 2014 by the Office of Facility Planning and Management, designed to pursue environment endeavors involving student participation and leadership, while providing students with the tools to fight environmental injustice and encourage environmental stewardship. We are committed to reducing the university’s carbon footprint, advocating for environmental justice, and improving environmental literacy.
Most recently, we have launched a XULA Urban Orchard and Native Canopy initiative. The goal is to create a robust network of trees that absorbs water, cools campus, increases biodiversity, and produces fruit!
Our mission is part of the university’s larger purpose, contribution to the promotion of a more just and humane society. Xavier University of Louisiana is Catholic and historically Black university in New Orleans, recognized nationally for leadership in STEM and Health Sciences. Working with Xavier students, staff, faculty, and community members, we can create interdisciplinary and intersection change at our institution.
During the 90-day challenge, the XULA Green team:
Planted a total of eight trees Urban Orchard and Native Canopy initiative.
Developed eight partnerships.
Created a Sustainability Committee at the University with students, staff, faculty, and alumni.
Planned a Strategic Action Forum for February, 2022.
Native trees: 5 Bald Cypress, 1 Live Oak. The Bald Cypress and Live Oaks can store and filter hundreds of gallons of water during rain events, mitigating flooding and recharging ground water supplies.
Fruit trees: 2 tangerine trees that are expected to produce fruit in around two years. These add to the XULA Orchard Alley of Loquats, citruses, and a pear tree that runs through the middle of campus.