Black Hills State University President Kay Schallenkamp announced that BHSU was the first South Dakota University to join the American College and University President's Climate Commitment during her presentation at “Green Day” this week.
“We're doing this because it's the right thing. More importantly, we're doing it because of the students," Schallenkamp said. “We have an obligation to climate commitment, environmentalism and ecology to ensure that the next generation of students that come to Black Hills State University has the opportunity to experience the type of lifestyle that we so appreciate and enjoy," she said.
She also discussed the upcoming major renovation of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union which is being designed with several energy efficiencies and is expected to earn a Silver certification from LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
A representative from Black Hills Power and Light was also present to discuss energy saving suggestions. Dusty Johnson, director of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), gave a presentation about wind and other alternate energy options. In addition faculty and community members hosted several information booths. The trolley was on campus to encourage students to consider public transportation.