The American College and University 总统's Climate Commitment is a consortium of over 600 universities across the nation dedicated to addressing global warming by garnering institutional commitments to neutralize 绿色house gas emissions and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s 气候. BHSU承诺到2050年实现碳中和. 为了开始这个过程，我们开发了一个 气候行动计划 每年分析我们的碳足迹. 你可以在这里查看我们的碳足迹报告: 2013, 2012, 2008, 2007.
作为我们可持续发展承诺的一部分, BHSU已加入可持续发展跟踪, 评估, 及评等制度(星星). 星星 is a voluntary self-reporting system for colleges and universities to assess progress in meeting sustainability goals and sustainability leadership. 在2014年的地球日，BHSU获得了一个 Silver评级. BHSU is the first university in the state of South Dakota to achieve a 星星 rating.
星星 ratings are based on three main categories: Education and 研究; Operation such as buildings, 气候, 餐饮服务能源, 理由购买, 运输, 浪费, and water; and Planning, 政府, 和参与. Our hope is to engage the entire campus community in this effort and lead the way to a sustainable future.
在BHSU，所有的新建筑和重大改造都是为了 LEED (能源和环境设计的领导)银奖或更高的标准. 大卫B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union was the first state building to earn this standard, 2009年翻新后获得LEED金奖. The Student Union is used as a model for the demonstration of energy efficiency and an educational tool for BHSU students and others in the community. 其中一些组件包括绿色屋顶, 风力涡轮机, 蜂巢收集食物垃圾的堆肥, 以及能源效率. 从那时起, The Black Hills State University Rapid City campus and the 生命科学 Lab at our main campus 有 both achieved LEED Silver. The new Crow Peak Residence Hall was built to LEED specifications and is currently pending certification.
In an effort to engage the campus and greater community on the issues surrounding local food, BHSU推出 用鱼叉捕鱼的地方 2014年春天. 从那时起, 23 businesses 有 registered for the 用鱼叉捕鱼的地方 badge by proving that they sell or cook with local produce. 让学生参与到这个过程中来, we created 15 paid student internship positions involving all aspects of the local food economy with external grant funds.
Black Hills State University is proud to 有 recently achieved the designation of 美国树校园®通过植树节基金会.
“Our recognition as a 美国树校园 shows that we are joining national and regional partners as we continue to take an active role in the care of our campus tree environment,博士说. 小汤姆·杰克逊. “可持续发展是这所大学灵魂的一部分. 我们的学生有一个非常深刻的信仰体系, 教师, 以及十大彩票正规平台的工作人员来保护环境.”
The environment matters to BHSU and we demonstrate this in our sustainability efforts as a 绿色 campus. 作为一所大学, 我们相信减少碳足迹, 我们相信循环利用, 我们相信激励他人也这样做. 这就是我们在BHSU的工作.