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Who we are

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 


2 LEED Gold & 13 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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Sustainability Events

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May 4

Don't Dump! Donate!

May 13

Sustainability Institute

Virtual Event

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Miller Wellness Center

Miller Wellness Center is Certified LEED Silver

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

Inaugural Sustainability Ambassador Program Completed Last Week

Students, staff, and retired staff from across campus participated in the 2020 Sustainability Ambassador Program. The 5-week program enriched participants understanding of sustainability and empowered them to share and practice what they learned with those around them.

Wokini Initiative Included in AASHE's 2020 Sustainable Campus Index

Compiled by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education the Sustainable Campus Index pulls together a list of top performers in each of the sections of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) report.