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 The University’s dining services was recently notified that The Hive, the campus dining facility, and The Buzz Shack, a coffee and snack shop, have both been designated as 2 Star Certified Green Restaurants by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA.)

Black Hills State University’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and become a “green” campus is being recognized nationally. The University’s dining services was recently notified that The Hive, the campus dining facility, and The Buzz Shack, a coffee and snack shop, have both been designated as 2 Star Certified Green Restaurants by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA.)

BHSU is the first University and only the third restaurant in the state to achieve this designation, according to Bob Dooley, director of dining services. Carver Café at Xanterra Parks & Resorts at Mt. Rushmore and the Cedar Pass Lodge Restaurant in Interior are the other two Certified Green Restaurants in South Dakota.

The GRA awards points in seven categories: water efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, sustainable furnishings and building materials, sustainable food, energy, disposables, and chemical and pollution reduction.

 “We’ve been working on this since November,” Dooley said. “We’ve completely removed all Styrofoam and use new bio containers.”

The University also has a community garden, started in 2008, that produces a variety of vegetables used in the campus dining facility. 

The University will continue its sustainability initiatives and will strive to attain higher ratings in the future, Dooley said.

The Certification recognizes the University’s ongoing efforts to increase sustainability and further its legacy as a regional leader in going green.   Last week, BHSU was awarded a STARS Silver Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education making it the first university in South Dakota to be recognized with the international distinction.

For more information on BHSU’s sustainability initiatives go to BHSU.edu/gogreen