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Student studying sustainability at USD.

At USD, we believe sustainability means promoting a world that is environmentally beneficial and socially just. As global citizens, residents along the Missouri River, and members of the Vermillion community, we are committed to sustainability in our curriculum, research, campus operations and community.

In the past year (Feb. 2018-Feb. 2019), USD has contributed the following to sustainability efforts.

Icons of how much USD has contributed to sustainability efforts.

Campus Operations

USD recycled 147,000 pounds in 2015, and you can help us divert even more waste from the landfill. Please recycle by placing accepted materials into the containers located across campus.

Learn About Campus Recycling

Single Sort Recycling


Whether you want to study sustainability, conservation and biodiversity, civic leadership, environmental law and policy or Earth Sciences, we've got the right program for you.

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Student conducting sustainability research.

Community Initiatives

We work hand-in-hand with community partners to make Vermillion the greenest town in South Dakota.

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photo of student painting mural in downtown Vermillion