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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.07
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 21, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Black Hills State University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Katie Greer
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at students and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability? :
Yes

Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at employees and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Name of the campaign:
Recyclemania Basketball Challenge

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged:

For three consecutive years, BHSU has organized a zero waste basketball game. Crowds were required to compost or recycle their trash with help from students and staff at waste stations. This resulted in an increase in our diversion rate as we increased awareness on recycling and composting.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:

2016 - landfill diversion rate - 92%
2015 - landfill diversion rate - 87%
2014 - landfill diversion rate - 77.5%


The website URL where information about the campaign is available:
Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Trash Buddy Recycling

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged (2nd campaign):

In order to increase waste stream inefficiencies on campus, BHSU employees were asked to participate in a new desk-side recycling system. Trash cans, which were previously emptied by custodians each day, were replaced with a recycling bin and an attached trash buddy. Employees are now responsible for emptying their own garbage and recycling can in centralized bins, equaling the field on ease of throwing an item in the landfill versus recycling.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):

The campaign has resulted in increased participation in recycling from BHSU campus employees so much that the campus is in need of more storage space fr the recycling collection.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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