Bridging the Coast, Energy, and Environment | LSU Strategic Plan 2025

Our Strategic Challenges

LSU will be the world’s premier leader in integrative energy environmental studies that build on its coastal location.

Bridging the coast, energy and environment

LSU will be a collaborative nexus of people and ideas to advance knowledge and provide cutting-edge interdisciplinary education for our students in the areas of coast, energy, and natural resources, while also demonstrating to the world the important work performed in these fields.

Solidify LSU as a Leader in Coastal Knowledge

LSU will solidify its place as a global leader in transformative coastal and deltaic research, education, and engagement by strategically investing in its intellectual capacity in groundbreaking coastal research, observation, modeling, and forecasting. LSU will demonstrate its ability to adapt to a changing coastal and social environment and increase stewardship of coastal, natural, and living resources in support of societal values.

Expand Energy Expertise and Resources

LSU will enhance its pursuit of energy law, policy, and economics; build and extend our global partnerships as a driver of the world economy; and actively pursue technological advances on how humans produce, conserve, and use energy, while seeking ways to address environmental opportunities and challenges.

Maximize Resources to Impact Environmental, Energy, and Economic Security

LSU will maximize existing resources and empower environmental and energy experts to address complex societal issues and respond to environmental challenges that affect Louisiana and the world, while also expanding economic opportunity to all citizens.

University-led Initiatives

The LSU Institute for Coastal Observation, Prediction, and Response LSU will establish a multi-disciplinary “super-institute” to support our initiative as a leader of coastal observation, analysis, prediction, and response. The institute will focus on the following:

  1. Positioning LSU as the coastal research and education equivalent of the world’s great “blue water” oceanographic institutions. Even more: as one of a handful of Land Grant/ Sea Grant/Space Grant universities, LSU helps translate new knowledge to practice.
  2. This initiative will bring together the resources of numerous academic units to create a nationally prominent research and education engine focusing on the interaction of natural and social science. This endeavor will serve better-informed coastal resource investment and improve community resiliency to environmental stress.
  3. Educating the next generation of scientists, leaders, educators, and managers concerned with the pressing coastal issues facing society.

The Energy Center

To expand economic opportunity, LSU will establish a multidisciplinary center on energy extraction and production research and education, and enhance its present energy economics and policy programs via the Center for Energy Studies.