SPEARFISH, S.D. (KOTA TV) – Black Hills State University has earned a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for the second time.
STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. The report highlights several innovative sustainability strategies the University has undertaken in the community.
Achievements include the Sustainability master’s program, events such as Earth Day and Sustainability Month, a robust recycling program, Green Restaurant certification in on-campus dining at The Hive and Buzz Shack, Tree Campus USA designation, purchasing policies in favor of Energy Star appliances and electronics, green cleaning products, recycled paper, and water and energy reduction strategies.
Black Hills State University’s STARS report is publicly available on the BHSU Sustainability webpage.
Bike Spearfish! is a unique collaboration between BHSU and Hills Horizon designed to infuse a culture of active living via advancing bicycle transportation, trail construction and completion, advocating safe cycling and complete street policies, and community cycling education and promotional events.
Spearfish Local is a Black Hills State University initiative that brings together local producers, distributors, purchasers, and consumers of local food and other locally-sourced products.
Black Hills Food Hub, a business incubated at BHSU and run by Cobblestone Science, coordinates the needs of cafeterias in the region with local food producers by serving as one point of contact for cafeteria managers to access produce from multiple local farms.
“Living in the Black Hills we place a high level of importance on protecting our environment.” said Kathy Johnson, BHSU Vice President for Finance and Administration.