The Collegian

Student Sustainability Council wants to rid of straws on campus

Student Sustainability Council wants to rid of straws on campus

Brianna Schreurs

December 4, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Taylor Heinke used to use straws twice a week. That was until she saw a video entitled "Researchers remove straw from sea turtle's nose" on Instagram last month. Since then, she’s used one straw. The video features a group of marine biologists in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, helping remove a plas...

Energy consumption reduced by sustainable technology

Energy consumption reduced by sustainable technology

Aden Homard

October 31, 2018


Filed under News

As South Dakota State grows, the university’s dedication to sustainability has become more apparent through features within new buildings. Just because campus is growing at an exponential rate doesn’t automatically mean more energy consumption, said Barry Mielke, director of energy systems at S...

Close windows, unplug electronics and help earth

Close windows, unplug electronics and help earth

Brianna Schreurs

October 23, 2018


Filed under News

Sustainability can be practical for students living on and off campus according to Sustainability Specialist Jennifer McLaughlin. During an Oct. 22 presentation to the Students’ Association, she breaks down the possibilities. The concept includes not only like recycling and limiting waste but also, ...

Recycling bins new to residence halls this semester

Recycling bins new to residence halls this semester

Brianna Schreurs

August 14, 2018


Filed under News

As students move into residence halls this week, they'll spot something blue in the rooms. Recycling bins are being distributed in residence hall rooms. South Dakota State University received a 2017 Coca-Cola / Keep America Beautiful Public Space Recycling Bin Grant. Along with funding from residential life...

Earth Day is not the only day to give back to community

Earth Day is not the only day to give back to community

Sydney Wood

April 25, 2018


Filed under Lifestyles

Living sustainably doesn’t have to be a burden. It’s as simple as unplugging devices that aren’t in use, cutting your showers a few minutes short or switching to LED light bulbs. There are multiple clubs at South Dakota State University, like the Ecology Club and the Student Sustainability...

From truck to table, campus reduces food waste

From truck to table, campus reduces food waste

Lauren Franken

April 18, 2018


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Jacks Dining has implemented programs like LeanPath and Green Thread to track and reduce food waste on campus. Dining Services teamed up with Aramark, a customer service food business, to monitor incoming food and outgoing waste to get a better idea of what they’re overproducing, and what they ma...

Realistic recycling: Reduce, reuse, rejoice for off-campus sustainability options

Realistic recycling: Reduce, reuse, rejoice for off-campus sustainability options

Haley Halvorson

April 18, 2018


Filed under Lifestyles

When moving off campus, SDSU students have different recycling options to think about when finding a place to live. There are different opportunities and things to think about when wanting to recycle and reduce energy while living off campus. When living in an apartment, SDSU’s Sustainability Speciali...

Conservation: farmers take on case of crop insurance

Conservation: farmers take on case of crop insurance

April 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion

BRANDON WIPF  SDSA Director Note: This column was originally published in the March/April 2018 issue of South Dakota Soybean Leader, a publication of the South Dakota Soybean Association. Access a digital copy of this magazine at www.sdsoybean.org. On our farm, many of the best management decisions we’ve ma...

Sustainability at State: Recycling, bikes prioritized on campus

Sustainability at State: Recycling, bikes prioritized on campus

Emily De Waard

April 18, 2018


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SDSU’s campus is becoming more sustainable all the time and several strides have been made in this academic year alone to focus on sustainability. Campus Sustainability Specialist Jennifer McLaughlin has set many goals to improve SDSU’s sustainability and has seen marked improvement across sever...

Sustainability, social justice go hand-in-hand

Sustainability, social justice go hand-in-hand

Jennifer McLaughlin

April 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Two words often used together in conversation are sustainability and social justice. People talk about the environment degrading and a need for social justice through better access to nutritious food, sanitation and peace for all. But what do these two topics have to do with each other? The short a...

Sustainability Council advocates for future

Sustainability Council advocates for future

Spencer Thompson

April 18, 2018


Filed under Lifestyles

For members of the Student Sustainability Council, sustainability isn’t just a trend or buzzword. The SSC, as it says in its constitution, “...envisions and supports a prosperous, equitable, sustainable, and ecologically healthy campus at South Dakota State University.” The club achieves it through educating...

Precision agriculture improves, modernizes farming industry

Precision agriculture improves,  modernizes farming industry

Brianna Schreurs

April 18, 2018


Filed under News

Agriculture is becoming increasingly more high-tech. Farmers are not only improving production, but are also bettering the environment. Through data, farmers apply the right amount of inputs of fertilizer, seed and water to achieve high production yields. Environmentally, this is a win, said Bill Gibbons, interim associa...