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BHSU named a “Cool School” by Sierra magazine

Author: BHSU Communications/Friday, November 15, 2019/Categories: Students, Awards, Campus Currents, Campus Transformations, College of Business and Natural Sciences, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, Community, Faculty, Home News, Staff, Sustainability, 2019

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Black Hills State University was recognized as a 2019 “Cool School” by Sierra magazine for the university’s commitment to eco-savvy courses, cafeteria provisions, and carbon-neutral land and energy policies. BHSU is the only school in South Dakota on the list.
Black Hills State University was recognized as a 2019 “Cool School” by Sierra magazine for the university’s commitment to eco-savvy courses, cafeteria provisions, and carbon-neutral land and energy policies. BHSU is the only school in South Dakota on the list.

Sierra, the national magazine of the Sierra Club, ranked and scored schools in five categories: curriculum, food, energy, waste, research, and transportation.

Of all the categories, BHSU achieved its highest ranking in the waste category, reflecting the university’s commitment to waste reduction and recycling. BHSU recycles over 50 tons of material every year.

“By installing solar panels on a university building to honoring our heritage with sustainable planting on campus to advancing recycling, BHSU is proud to be a sustainability leader in the region,” said Kathy Johnson, vice president for finance and administration at BHSU.

BHSU offers an online master’s degree in sustainability that is helping current and future leaders learn about best practices in an in-demand field. Graduates of the master’s program have the preparation for leadership sustainability positions as city planners, physical plant managers, policy analysts, and industrial technologists.

According to the Cool Schools website, Sierra’s rankings “can serve as a guide for prospective students, current students, administrators and alumni to compare colleges’ commitments to environmentalism.”

For more information visit www.BHSU.edu/Sustainability or contact program coordinators: Dr. Daniel Asunskis, Dan.Asunskis@BHSU.edu, 605-642-6516; or Dr. Sandra Marker at Sandra.Marker@BHSU.edu, 605-342-6239.

About BHSU Sustainability Efforts
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. The University has many “green” initiatives including a campus garden, wind turbine, a recycling program, solar panels and utilizes many other energy efficiencies. BHSU students are actively embracing sustainability in their classrooms with research, business plans, art projects and lesson plans that incorporate sustainability aspects.


 
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