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Sustainability

 

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.

Accomplishments

Star

STARS Silver Rating 

Bee

Bee Campus USA member since 2018 

Tree

Tree Campus USA member since 2009 

Building

2 LEED Gold & 13 LEED Silver buildings on campus 

Trash can

13% diversion rate 

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Over 500 signed sustainability pledge 

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Sustainability News

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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.

Sustainable Holiday Guide

Follow these 5 tips to incorporate sustainability into your Holiday Season