BHSU furthers sustainability efforts with Climate Action Plan

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, April 23, 2015/Categories: 2015








           L to R: BHSU student Minji Jung, grounds keeper April Yenglin and sustainability coordinator Katie Greer pick pattypan squash from the BHSU garden. BHSU released its Climate Action Plan today outlining the university&rsquos environmental goals for the next five years. The plan is available for public comment through May 8.



Black Hills State University released its Climate Action Plan today celebrating Earth Day and providing an opportunity for the community to comment before the university formally accepts its environmental goals for 2020.

Katie Greer, sustainability coordinator at BHSU, says the plan furthers the university&rsquos commitment to sustainability and climate neutrality on campus.

"In the last five years since our initial Climate Action Plan we&rsquove implemented recycling in every campus building, transitioned custodial services to green seal-certified cleaning products and achieved LEED Gold certification for the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union," said Greer.

Those achievements, amongst others, guided a group of BHSU students, faculty and staff in proposing 16 new goals for the next five years.

BHSU goals included in the Plan for 2020 include increasing campus energy efficiency, growing the campus vegetable garden, and implementing a pilot transportation program between Spearfish and BHSU-Rapid City.

The plan is available for public comment through May 8 at

"We want to hear the community&rsquos ideas and perspectives," said Greer. "As a university in the beautiful Black Hills, we want to model responsible environmental behavior and provide that education to our students."

BHSU celebrates Earth Day this week with a Sustainable Hunting Workshop, community Arbor Day tree planting and other Outdoor Week activities.

For more information, contact Greer at or 605-642-6298 and visit

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