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

STARS v2.2

Black Hills State University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Deborah Liddick
AD of Facilities Services and Sustainability
Facilities Services
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

BHSU is an active member of AASHE, the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA), and the American College and University Presidential Climate Commitment (now run through Second Nature).

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Environmental Sustainability Committee at Central community College in Grand Island Nebraska: Sustainability Partnership of the Northern Rockies; Resilience Studies Consortium coordinated through Western State Colorado University

Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

AAHSE: We presented on Climate Resiliency in rural context at the 2018 and 2019 AASHE conferences. Additionally, we presented a poster on Biodiesel efforts at the AASHE 2018 conference.
Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit: We presented on our partnership with NREL on renewable energy goal at the 2020 Climate Leadership Summit.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):

In 2018, Black Hills Food Hub received the Spearfish Chamber Micropolitan Award for their efforts to offer locally grown food from about 24 local producers to five cafeterias and restaurants in the region.
In 2020, the Sustainability department was awarded the South Dakota Hall of Fame Acts of Excellence for their sustainability program at BHSU.

Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

BHSU President served as the vice-chair of the sustainable development committee for American Association of state Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

The Facilities Services department at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology located in Rapid City, SD reached out to us in 2019 to ask for guidance on developing a sustainability program. We have provided information on various topics such as e-waste management, recycling etc. This is an informal mentorship.

Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

BHSU has participated in the Recycle Mania competition against other Universities across the country.

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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