Black Hills State University will be participating in “National Campus Sustainability Day” Wednesday, Oct. 24 to inform the community and BHSU students about what is being done on campus and in the Spearfish area to preserve and protect the environment.


An information fair will be held on the BHSU campus green from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. featuring demonstrations and informational booths as well as tours of the LEED® Certified David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. From 12 – 1:30 p.m. will be a keynote webcast by Second Nature – a group which educates students about how to prepare for the changing climate. The presentation will be held at Club Buzz in the Student Union.


Several local farms and businesses will also be in attendance to showcase their sustainability practices. Hills Horizon works in South Dakota's Northern Hills communities to encourage the development of sustainable lifestyles through educational activities, community events, and community services. Dakota Rural Action is a grassroots, family agriculture and conservation group which works statewide to promote sustainable farming and protect South Dakota’s environment. Moonrise Mountain Farm is a local farm that focuses on permaculture-oriented, chemical free, artisan growing to supply local consumers with fresh produce.


Oct. 24 will also mark the launch of a campus-wide contest to further improve BHSU’s sustainability efforts. Student groups can submit ideas on which changes should be made. The winning idea will be given the chance to attend the Clinton Global Initiative Conference in St. Louis, Mo.


For more information visit BHSU.edu/SustainabilityDay.