Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.00
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

Black Hills State University
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Deborah Liddick
AD of Facilities Services and Sustainability
Facilities Services
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:
Yes

Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:

Environmental Sustainability Student Organization (ESSO) - Purpose of ESSO is to protect and conserve our environment while creating awareness to generate involvement surrounding environmental issues on campus and within the community and to gain experience in leadership and volunteering through community engagement, education, outreach, and expansion of our social networks.
Ecological Representatives- We are here to uphold the student code and educational mission of Black Hills State University while teaching sustainable living practices, encouraging environmentally responsible behavior and raise awareness about ecological issues. We will have sustainability educator programs other events and activities.
Enactus - Teaches the free enterprise system to others on campus and throughout the Black Hills. They create opportunities to learn how to use the free enterprise system. Nationally, Enactus has valued sustainability, something that our local chapter has works toward as well.
COLP – The collegiate outdoor leadership program is focused on providing opportunities for sustainable outdoor recreation. Examples include outdoor activity workshops with a focus on Leave No Trace Principals, as well as service activities such as Adopt a Trail.
AISES - American Indian Science and Engineering Society - a national non-profit organization which nurtures building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional native values. The ultimate goal of AISES is to be a catalyst for the advancement of American Indians and Native Alaskans as they seek to become self-reliant members of society. This program provides many students with valuable scholarships for college.


Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

The BHSU campus garden, located south of the Yellow Jacket Apartments, was established in 2008 by students living in the residence halls. Since then, the garden has grown through the volunteer efforts of faculty and staff, student organizations, and community groups. We've estimated that the garden requires 550+ hours of planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, and ground preparation each year. Volunteers can take home produce.


Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

Enactus runs the Lisa Bike program on campus. This program allows students to lease a bike for a semester or year in order to reduce their dependence on automobiles to get around town. Lisa Bike program is a project the Enactus team took over from recent BHSU graduates. The Lisa Bike Program is an environmentally sustainable and lower cost way to get around campus and town. As a part of the program, Enactus installed a bike fix-it station that can be utilized by the entire campus for free to further encourage biking to campus. Enactus is an international nonprofit organization comprised of a community of student, academic and business leaders who use the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.


Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

Enactus invests in bee hives in Zambia to help stabilize the Zambian economy. The program is called Bee Sweet. They currently have 100 hives that are being maintained by Zambian women. Profits are shared between Enactus and the program participants. Enactus is an international nonprofit organization comprised of a community of student, academic and business leaders who use the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.


Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:

Ecological Representatives host monthly programs on various sustainability topics in the residence halls. A climate strike took place on campus during sustainability day in October 2019. Each October includes a speaker agenda to inform the campus and to advance communication about local sustainability initiatives. Eco-explorers camp is a single day camp hosted every summer by BHSU sustainability to share environmental and sustainability education with campers.
Over the summer months, workshops are held at the campus community garden that are focused around educating the community on sustainable food systems. Prairie to Plate teaches students how to source local foods and ethical eating and hunting skills. A sustainability movie series is held each winter to further educate students and community members regarding issues of sustainability. In April several sustainability events are held to honor Earth and Arbor Day on campus often including documentary viewing parties, speakers, sustainability crafts, and other similar activities.


Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:

BHSU art students use recycled materials to create art. Art students make 3D sculptures out of used campus cardboard in collaboration for a fundraising event at the Western Hills Humane Society. The BHSU Art Club decorated the Student Union over the holiday season with wreaths made of plastic bottles and bags. After display, all items were again recycled.


Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
Yes

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

Outdoor technical skills classes (rock climbing, canoeing, fly fishing, cross country skiing, orienteering, and outdoor skills) discuss Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics and how to limit recreational impact on outdoor resources.


Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
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Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

Ecological Representatives- We are here to uphold the student code and educational mission of Black Hills State University while teaching sustainable living practices, encouraging environmentally responsible behavior and raise awareness about ecological issues. We will have sustainability educator programs other events and activities.


Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

Student workers are employed to aid recycling collection, increase sustainability presence at sporting and campus events, compile annual greenhouse gas emission reports, help with large gardening initiatives, our bike to campus initiatives, marketing, event coordination, Eco-rep program development, and other sustainability-related projects.


Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:

BHSU sustainability works to infuse of a culture of active living through bicycle transportation. We host classes, rides and workshops to teach students bicycle-related skills.


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