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Black Hills State University has planned a week-long celebration of Earth Day filled with events to promote awareness of the environment and sustainable living.

 

This year’s Earth Day theme is “Green Cities” which was created to help cities around the world become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint. The focus is set on three elements: buildings, energy and transportation.

 

BHSU recently released its 2012 carbon footprint report which showed a nearly 10 percent reduction in emissions per square foot of campus building space and a 12.2 percent reduction in emissions per full-time equivalent number of students. BHSU also recycled more than 35 short tons of materials that would have otherwise been sent to the landfill.  

 

All of April:
Battle of the Residence Halls - the residence halls on campus will compete to see who can conserve the most water during the month of April

April 21-25:
Recycled art display in the Student Union - Sponsored by the BHSU Art Club

Tuesday, April 22:
BHSU STARS application will have an announcement (TBA)
Vote for your favorite new BHSU Sustainability slogan in the Student Union
Container garden prep and painting
Straw-bale construction demonstration
1/2 price coffee at the Buzz Shack when you bring your own reusable mug from 9-11 a.m.

April 22-23:
Clothing Swap- Sponsored by Student Senate from 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

Saturday, April 26:
Cleanup service activity in the Black Hills being held by the American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)
Earth Day 5K- The race starts on campus from the Wenona Cook residence hall at 11 am. Registration cost is $5 for students and $10 for community, faculty, and staff. Contact Residence Life to register or register the day of the race. Contact Residence Life or register the day of the race.

Spearfish Community Garden work day.

For more information contact Katie Greer, BHSU sustainability coordinator, at Katherine.Greer@BHSU.edu or 605.642.6298.