Sustainability department holds monthly environmental talk

The Sustainability department hosted a “Sustainabili-TEA” event in the Akeley-Lawrence Science Center Nov. 4.  Sustainabili-TEA is a new event this year that the Sustainability department is trying to host once a month. It’s a gathering for anyone interested in sustainability or the environment.  Students and staff can talk about their initiatives on campus or ideas […]

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USD recycling coordinator wins sustainability award

USD graduate student and campus recycling coordinator Anna Moore won an emerging leader award in sustainability from the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability. This award was given to Moore at the organization’s annual conference at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.   “I recognize that I had this position and I had this opportunity to go […]

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Residence halls to have recycling, landfill bins added to rooms

Last year, student Caitlin Reimers applied for the Green Initiative Fund with the goal of putting recycling and landfill bins in every dorm room on campus.  That project has since become a reality, with every residence hall either installing or planning to install bins in individual rooms this semester. Reimers, a transfer student from SDSU, […]

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Earth Days 2021 brings back in-person outdoor events

Greening Vermillion’s 2021 Earth Days will be held in-person from this Saturday, April 17 until Saturday, April 24. The annual event, held the week of the federal holiday Earth Day, is a community-wide celebration intended to promote healthy living, responsible economic development and sustainable environmental management. Meghann Jarchow, USD’s chair of sustainability and environment and […]

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SGA works toward sustainability

Anna Moore, USD sustainability grad student and Campus Recycling Coordinator, spoke to the SGA senate about strides USD and the Vermillion community are taking towards sustainability at this week’s SGA meeting. “Here at USD when we talk about sustainability, especially coming from the academic sustainability department, you typically are thinking about two questions. The first question […]

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PLAN partnership generates sustainable ideas for USD

With USD’s Aramark contract expiring in May 2022 and campus interest in sustainability on the rise, several students in the sustainability department have been working with the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) to further USD’s commitment to preserving the environment. Anna Moore, a graduate student and USD recycling coordinator, calculated that from December 2018 (when single-stream […]

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SGA hosts deputy athletic director

USD’s Deputy Athletic Director, Mike West, and USD’s Director of Athletic Marketing and Promotions, Jarren Duffy, spoke at this week’s SGA meeting. Student attendance at athletic events is growing and is above average compared to other universities. Normally over 200 students attend the volleyball and basketball games. “It’s been awesome to see the students section […]

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USD takes steps toward sustainability with PLAN

 The Post Action Landfill Network (PLAN) helps college students across the country by providing resources, educational courses and leadership training. USD students have access to all of these trainings at the website by using a USD e-mail. “PLAN empowers our generation to be changemakers. We really put our belief in students for this zero-waste […]

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Greening Vermillion makes tentative plans for Earth Days

In celebration of Earth Day 2021, Greening Vermillion–an organization dedicated to making Vermillion the greenest town in South Dakota–has begun tentatively planning for Vermillion Earth Days, a week of events which promote sustainability. Mark Sweeney, a USD professor and board member of Greening Vermillion, said the 2020 Vermillion Earth Days were intended to kick off […]

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Beyond Waste student summits seek to improve sustainability on campus

The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), an inter-campus association of students concerned about sustainability, is hosting the Beyond Waste Student Summits from February through March. This comes after USD scored 37% overall on PLAN’s Zero Waste Atlas evaluation of sustainability, below the average score of 40 to 50% on college campuses. Anna Moore, Campus Recycling Coordinator […]

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