SGA Hosts Sodexo Representatives in account for On-Campus Sustainability and Nutrition

On Oct. 24, SGA held their 10th meeting of the year. SGA members heard from Sodexo representatives, Anna Moore and Johanna Parker, regarding on-campus dining, nutrition and sustainability.  At the meeting, association members unanimously approved three Senate Bills (SB) and one Senate Resolution (SR) for further revision.  Moore and Parker explained to SGA senators what […]

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USD Participates in Annual Hult Prize Competition

This year USD plans to compete for a one million dollar prize in the global Hult Prize competition. Roughly two million students participate in this annual contest, coined “the Nobel Prize for students,” every year. In 2020, USD became home to a winning team when the student organization Fomeno, dedicated to sustainable fashion, claimed the […]

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How thrifting can combat the climate crisis

 The climate crisis is an ever-expanding topic of discussion around the globe, and more companies than ever are, at the very least, looking into making crucial changes that will result in positive change. There are multiple industries, however, that will never be sustainable without making drastic alterations in their production processes. The top industries being […]

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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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Climate change’s impact on South Dakota

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, September was the third warmest September on record for North America. The climate of South Dakota is changing and will continue to change in the coming years. The Earth is beginning to see the effects of pumping fossil fuels into the air, and with that, the entire […]

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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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Sustainability department urges students to respond to dining surveys

USD’s sustainability department has partnered with the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) to begin campaigning to reduce plastic use on campus. Campaign organizer Codylee Riedmann said the department is currently working to reduce waste created by USD dining services. USD’s contract with Aramark expires in May 2022, and the university wants to develop a new contract […]

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