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Executive Summary

The University of South Dakota has taken significant steps to become more sustainable in the last few years. Students, faculty, and administrators have worked together to raise awareness and advance sustainability on campus. Because of these efforts, the University of South Dakota was recently recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education as a STARS Bronze Institution based on our accomplishments in campus sustainability.

Every year, Dr. Meghann Jarchow teaches the Sustainability Capstone course, leading a class of seniors on a semester-long project aimed at furthering community sustainability by synthesizing student expertise. Throughout the spring of 2024, the Sustainability Capstone class has worked together to develop a campus sustainability tour. Initially, students individually researched numerous relevant topics while engaging with and hearing from university stakeholders. With research completed and a foundational understanding of campus sustainability secured, the students came together to develop the tour. This report details the class’s final proposal for an initial campus sustainability tour that will hopefully not only celebrate and share the great sustainability work USD is doing but also serve as a valuable recruiting tool and inspire ideas and conversations about how USD can become even more sustainable. Over the next couple of years, this tour will, ideally, continue to grow, with more stops incorporated to highlight existing initiatives not covered by this initial tour and to highlight new sustainability initiatives.

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University of South Dakota




sustainability, campus tour, Sustainable Development Goals, community-based learning


Environmental Education | Environmental Studies | Sustainability | Urban Studies and Planning

Creating a Sustainabili-TOUR