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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
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STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Petrika Peters
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international 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).

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

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

SPNR: Sustainability Partnership of the Northern Rockies; Resilience Studies Consortium coordinated through Western State Colorado University

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

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

We presented on Food Hubs in a rural context (Black Hills Food Hub) at the 2016 AASHE conference.
We presented a poster on Spearfish Local food efforts at the AASHE 2015 conference.
At the AASHE 2014 conference, we presented on our local food program.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

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

BHSU submitted a case study to for the annual AASHE Campus Sustainability Achievement Award about the Black Hills Food Hub.

In previous years we submitted our Spearfish Local internship program to POTLUX. This award was to be featured in an article in a UN publication as a leading green campus.

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty 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 Tom Jackson serves 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 Sustainability Intern at South Dakota State University in located in Brooking, SD reached out to us in April 2015 to ask for guidance on developing their sustainability program. We have mentored on various topics such as waste management, budgets, etc. This is an informal mentorship.

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

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

Since 2014, BHSU has participated in the Recycle Mania competition against other Universities across the country.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.