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SDSU Brookings Campus Weather Related Announcement

The South Dakota State University campus will be closing from 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31 until 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, due to the Blizzard Warning that will go into effect 7 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. on Saturday morning.  SDSU will then return to the normal weekend schedule on Saturday morning. Only essential employees as deemed by their supervisors will report to work during the closure hours. On Friday morning, ensure you continue to monitor the weather and work with your supervisor or instructor on your individual travel concerns. For additional closure information please check the Emergency Management website

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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.



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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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Sweeping Our Way to Sustainable Snow Removal

We have all seen them. Thin, blue and orange “sticks” of plastic laying in the snow along the edge of campus sidewalks. These “sticks” are bristles from snow removal sweepers used by Facilities and Services, Residential Life, and Athletics.

South Dakota State earns STARS Silver Rating for sustainability

South Dakota State University received a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.