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Liaison Jennifer McLaughlin
Submission Date March 31, 2016
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STARS v2.0

South Dakota State University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Jennifer McLaughlin
Sustainability Intern
Facilities and Services
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Does the institution have current and formal plans to advance sustainability in the following areas? Do the plans include measurable objectives?:
Current and Formal Plans (Yes or No) Measurable Objectives (Yes or No)
Curriculum No No
Research (or other scholarship) No No
Campus Engagement No No
Public Engagement No No
Air and Climate No No
Buildings Yes No
Dining Services/Food No No
Energy Yes No
Grounds Yes No
Purchasing No No
Transportation Yes No
Waste Yes No
Water No No
Diversity and Affordability Yes Yes
Health, Wellbeing and Work No No
Investment No No
Other No No

A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Curriculum:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Curriculum plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Curriculum plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Research plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Campus Engagement plan:
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Public Engagement around sustainability:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Public Engagement plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Air and Climate plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Air and Climate plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Buildings:

All new construction or major renovation projects must be LEED Silver. This is mandated by South Dakota Codified Law 5-14-32.

Designers are also encouraged to use local products, as well as, find sustainable practices that go beyond LEED.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Buildings plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Buildings plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Energy:

All new planning, capital projects, renovation projects, operations and maintenance, should incorpore the principles of sustainability and energy efficiency by minimizing the use of non-renewable energy sources, increased use of local renewable energy, and implementation of conservation measures that reduce energy consumption, and promote ongoing energy conservation practices. When possible, building placement should capitalize on solar heat gain/loss in the appropriate months and maximize the introduction of natural light and natural ventilation through the use of operable windows. All these rest on budgetary constraints and programmatic requirements.

These fall into the facility & architecture sections of the 2025 Design Master Plan.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Energy plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:

SDSU’s 2025 Design and Master Plan encourages the use of plants that require minimal long-term watering. The current Horticulturist works to ensure this is accomplished where possible.

The plan also encourages the protection of existing trees during construction projects.

+ Date Revised: April 27, 2016

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Grounds plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Purchasing:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Purchasing plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:

Becoming a walking campus is one of the guiding principles in SDSU’s current 2025 Design and Master Plan. Everything in this plan contributes to a more walking friendly environment (i.e. infilling of buildings and decreasing car-pedestrian conflict). In addition, there are plans to move all parking lots to the edge of campus and designing the lots so that they have sustainable designs, including storm water management.

Bike traffic and parking also needs to be considered in all campus improvement projects.

+ Date Revised: April 27, 2016

The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Transportation plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Waste:

It is encouraged to promote waste reduction and increase recycling efforts.

These fall into the facility & architecture sections of the 2025 Design Master Plan.


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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Water:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Water plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:

In addition to increasing enrollment of underrepresented students, the university distributed a Campus Climate survey in the fall of 2013. Additional action steps may be taken to advance diversity based on the survey results.


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

Underrepresented students (Must meet three (or more) of the following
criteria to fit this category: First-generation student, Pell-eligible, Less than 50% of financial need met, ACT of 19 or lower, Veteran, Student with disability) enrollment goal is to grow from 713 in our baseline to 800 in 2018.

All new facilities and facility improvements must meet ADA standards.


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):

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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Health, Wellbeing and Work:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Investment:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Investment plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in other areas:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the other plan(s):
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:
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Does the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document include sustainability at a high level?:
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A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

Sustainability is a core value of the university.


The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning is available:
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