The Collegian

Sustainability, social justice go hand-in-hand

Sustainability, social justice go hand-in-hand

Jennifer McLaughlin

April 18, 2018

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

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

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...

‘Demise of the monarch’ amidst plummeting pheasant populations

‘Demise of the monarch’ amidst plummeting pheasant populations

Garrett Ammesmaki

April 18, 2018

Be it ice storms in May or clear and sunny skies in December, South Dakota residents aren’t strangers to extreme weather; neither is South Dakota wildlife. “Looking at the weather right now, we’re off to a record cold April,” said Travis Runia, senior upland game biologist for Game Fish and Par...

SDSU makes strides to promote e-waste recycling

SDSU makes strides to promote e-waste recycling

Emma Anderson

April 18, 2018

Have you ever had an old TV, cell phone or computer you needed to throw out? This type of trash is known as e-waste. E-waste, short for electronic waste, is basically any trash that has an electronic component, sustainability specialist Jennifer McLaughlin said. This kind of waste is a part of everyb...

SDSU spruces up for springtime

SDSU spruces up for springtime

Emma Anderson

April 4, 2018

It is the time of year when the temperature starts to rise, the grass starts to grow and all the trash hidden underneath the snow becomes visible. To bring students and employees together, while making sure the campus remains beautiful year-round, the College of Engineering is hosting the 9th annual...

Commit to fighting, ending global climate change

Commit to fighting, ending global climate change

Jennifer McLaughlin

March 21, 2018

Climate change is a man-made international crisis, the effects of which are far reaching and vary in severity depending on location. Melting ice caps are threatening polar bears, sea levels are rising, coral reefs are disappearing and plant and animal habitats are changing. Another effect of climate...

Educate yourself on recycling processes, sustainability awareness

Jennifer McLaughlin

February 28, 2018

Waste is a funny thing. We toss an item into the recycling bin but don’t think about where it goes after it leaves our hands. However, when you consider it, there must be a process behind placing an item in a recycling bin and it being turned into a new product. And indeed there is. Let’s take a...

Get head start on living sustainably in 2018

Jennifer McLaughlin

January 17, 2018

New year, new semester. So, as we start this great new year, I thought I’d share 10 tips on how to have a more sustainable 2018. Recycle. This is one of the easiest ways to live sustainably. Recycling bins are located across campus with a color-coded system. Yellow bins are for trash and blue b...

A green Christmas: how to maintain holiday sustainability

A green Christmas: how to maintain holiday sustainability

Jennifer McLaughlin

November 29, 2017

Excitement abounds, wrapping paper flies and gifts are received. Christmas is clearly a time for giving and sharing. However, from all this generosity and joy comes an excess of trash. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 25 percent more waste is generated during the holiday season. A ...

Stay sustainable and warm this winter

Stay sustainable and warm this winter

Jennifer McLaughlin

November 8, 2017

With the winter snow came winter temperatures. That means we are switching on our heaters, hunkering down by the fire and sipping hot cider. It also means we have another chance to practice energy conservation. Saving energy’s not only is beneficial to your wallet, but it also has positive impacts...

Sustainability courses provide guidance to students

Sustainability courses provide guidance to students

October 11, 2017

College campuses are a place to learn and grow. Students learn more about their future career and faculty expand their knowledge during research. Sometimes the overlap between disciplines isn’t always seen, but sustainability offers a wonderful avenue for interdisciplinary work. Sustainability, whic...