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Facilities & Services - Sustainability is the hub of sustainability efforts at South Dakota State University. Lead by the campus Sustainability Specialist, we strive to incorporate sustainability throughout campus, whether it be in operations, administration, or engagement with students both inside and outside the classroom. 

Why is Sustainability Important?

Sustainability is important for many different reasons. First of all, many of the resources we use come from a finite supply. Practicing sustainability can help ensure that these resources last longer and do not disappear. Furthermore, the earth provides several services to the surrounding environment that positively affect our lives. Without these services, which are at risk due to  unsustainable practices, we may face greater challenges such as increased flooding and water pollution. Taking a look at how we use our monetary resources can also contribute to sustainability by ensuring that the economy continues to prosper. Last but not least, sustainability provides important visions to how we can obtain social justice.



STARS Silver Rating 


Bee Campus USA member since 2018 


Tree Campus USA member since 2009 


3 LEED Gold & 14 LEED Silver buildings on campus 


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13% diversion rate 

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Over 500 signed sustainability pledge 

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SDSU received a 2021 EPEAT Award

SDSU receives 2021 EPEAT Purchaser Award

South Dakota State University has been recognized as one of the 2021 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners for excellence in sustainable procurement of electronic equipment. SDSU and other organization were honored by the Green Electronics Council July 28 in a virtual ceremony.

Campus Race to Zero Waste Results Announced

Over the months of February and March, SDSU competed in the Campus Race to Zero Waste competition, which is a nationwide competition to see which higher education institution can recycle the most and divert the most waste from the landfill. 

Competition results have been released.  

Miller Wellness Center is Certified LEED Silver

The Miller Wellness Center was certified as LEED Silver on November 20, 2020.