BHSU is now offering a Masters of Science in Sustainability degree.
BHSU was the first South Dakota University to join the American College and University President's Climate Commitment, a consortium of 400 universities across the nation dedicated to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate.
"As part of our commitment in sustainability, BHSU has enrolled in The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). STARS is a voluntary self-reporting system for colleges and universities to assess progress in meeting sustainability goals and sustainability leadership.
STARS ratings are based on three main categories: Education and Research; Operation such as buildings, climate, dining services energy, grounds purchasing,transportation, waste, water; and Planning, Administration and Engagement. Our hope is to engage the entire campus community in this effort and lead to way to a sustainable future."
Two BHSU buildings have earned LEED(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, the Life Sciences Lab and the Student Union. The Student Union was the first state building to earn this standard. The Student Union is used as a model for demonstration of energy efficiencies and an educational tool for BHSU students and others in the community. Some of these energy efficient components include a garden roof, a vertical wind turbine, solar panels, and other energy efficiencies.
"Treat the Earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." Ancient Indian Proverb
2012 Sustainability Day
BHSU art students create life-size bug self-portraits