Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.72
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 22, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Black Hills State University
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.71 / 5.00 Katie Greer
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 28.02 Tons 3.52 Tons
Materials composted 11.47 Tons 0 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 0 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 405 Tons 401 Tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 782 736
Number of residential employees 3 3
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 3,291 2,950
Full-time equivalent of employees 404 337.70
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 841 760

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2011 June 30, 2012
Baseline Year July 1, 2006 June 30, 2007

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:

FY 2007 was the first year BHSU performed a greenhouse gas emission report. The recycling program on campus began in FY 2005.


A brief description of any (non-food) waste audits employed by the institution:

Recycled material is weighed and recorded by type (plastic, metal, motor oil, cardboard, paper, phone books, and batteries) throughout the year.
For RecycleMania, students and sustainability staff sifted through and weighed all trash generated from the Feb 22, 2014 basketball games, totaling 325 lbs. Over 75% of the materials by weight were recycled or composted.


A brief description of any institutional procurement policies designed to prevent waste:
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A brief description of any surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

At least once a year, Facilities Services holds a sale of surplus equipment. Departments have first choice, then the sale opens to the community. What is not sold is recycled, if possible. Weights are not recorded for this sale, so data is not available.


A brief description of the institution's efforts to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:

Professors are required to make class agendas available online rather than printed.


A brief description of any limits on paper and ink consumption employed by the institution:

A fee was instituted for printing on campus. Students are given a small stipend each year for printing and are required to pay for anything over that amount.


A brief description of any programs employed by the institution to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

Cardboard recycling is available for residence hall move-in/move-out days. Collections for donations are made available. Toward the end of the Spring 2014 semester, BHSU's Student Senate organized a clothing swap to allow students to share clothing and accessories rather than buy new or throw away their old items.


A brief description of any other (non-food) waste minimization strategies employed by the institution:

The BHSU bookstore's used book/book rental program keeps textbooks in circulation longer, reducing the amount of paper waste.


A brief description of any food waste audits employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any programs and/or practices to track and reduce pre-consumer food waste in the form of kitchen food waste, prep waste and spoilage:
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A brief description of programs and/or practices to track and reduce post-consumer food waste:

Dining Services has a trayless dining policy which has reduced post-consumer food waste.


A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable and/or third party certified compostable to-go containers for to-go food and beverage items (in conjunction with a composting program):

Dining Services offers a reduced price to-go meal and reusable container for purchase.


A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable service ware for “dine in” meals and reusable and/or third party certified compostable service ware for to-go meals (in conjunction with a composting program):

Reusable mugs are stocked in both coffee shops. The campus dining hall uses ceramic plates and stainless steel silverware.


A brief description of any discounts offered to customers who use reusable containers (e.g. mugs) instead of disposable or compostable containers in to-go food service operations:

Coffee is available at a reduced price for patrons who bring in their own mug.


A brief description of other dining services waste minimization programs and initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization initiatives is available:

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