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BHSU A’viands Earns 3-Star Designation from Green Restaurant Association

Author: BHSU Communications/Friday, January 19, 2018/Categories: Awards, Staff, Sustainability, 2018

The Hive and Buzz Shack at Black Hills State University were recently recertified and upgraded to 3-Star Certified Green Restaurants®.

To earn the upgrade, the Hive and the Buzz Shack met a rigorous measure from the Green Restaurant Association for nutritious food choices, efficient energy and water use, reducing waste, green cleaning, and purchasing eco-friendly products.

Ron Showman, director of Dining Services at BHSU, is excited that A’viands’ green initiatives earned the upgrade in certification and are on pace with the overall BHSU sustainability goals.

“Changes in water and waste reduction, eco-friendly containers, and increased recycling by consumers, all helped immensely in achieving three stars,” says Showman.

“The ultimate goal is net-zero waste campus-wide,” says Showman. “Our next step is four stars, which will be a large commitment. It will include exciting steps like solar panels and purchasing food from even more local sources.”

Petrika Peters, sustainability coordinator at BHSU, says that this designation is vital to the BHSU commitment to sustainability. “During the school year, BHSU serves more than one thousand meals a day,” says Peters. “From food choices to container options, the cafeteria impacts wellness, energy, water use, emissions, and waste. Thus, our dining operations have a significant impact on the environment. This Green Star certification is just one of the many ways BHSU continues taking strides toward becoming a more sustainable university.”

The Green Restaurant Association (GRA), an international nonprofit organization, encourages restaurants to green their operations using transparent, science-based certification standards. With its turnkey certification system, the GRA enables restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable in energy, water, waste, food, chemicals, disposables, and building. 

There is only one other 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant and one 2-Star Certified Green Restaurant in the entire state of South Dakota.

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