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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
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Petrika Peters
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and seek to minimize the presence of these materials on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Some of the laboratory waste created on campus is deemed hazardous and cannot be recycled. This waste is disposed of per the university plan. The small amount of hazardous waste is collected on campus and transported to a hazardous material facility. The transportation is timed with other Regental schools in order to reduce energy costs and the potential for spill.


A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Hazardous lab waste is disposed of in identified hazardous containers which are sealed and transported to a hazardous waste facility.

Waste from construction demolition are disposed of in accordance with state law and South Dakota Board of Regents policies.


A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:

None.


A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:

Some of the laboratory waste created on campus is deemed hazardous and cannot be recycled. This waste is disposed of per the university plan. The small amount of hazardous waste is collected on campus and transported to a hazardous material facility. The transportation is timed with other Regental schools in order to reduce energy costs and the potential for spill.


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by the institution?:
Yes

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:
Yes

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s), including information about how electronic waste generated by the institution and/or students is recycled:

Unwanted electronics go on sale for reuse each year and then are disposed of by a recycler with R2 standards.


Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:
Yes

Electronic waste recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill or incinerator during the most recent year for which data is available during the previous three years:
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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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