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Slagle Hall Takes Lead in Recycling Pilot Program

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VERMILLION, S.D. – Slagle Hall will take the lead in implementing a new sustainability pilot program to enhance and improve current recycling efforts at the University of South Dakota.

Designed in cooperation with the Verdis Group of Omaha, Nebraska, the program will install new recycling totes with greater volume, promote increased participation through education and renew the university’s partnership with the Missouri Valley Recycling Center. The program is set to begin Feb. 27.

“I am optimistic these efforts will pay dividends by reducing the university’s footprint and assisting many of the community recycling programs already established in Vermillion,” said Scott Pohlson, vice president of enrollment, marketing and university relations and chair of the sustainability committee.

The pilot program will also install new recycling totes in and around the new Sanford Coyotes Sports Center. If the program is successful, Pohlson indicated it could expand to other high-traffic areas on campus.

“We want the university to be a leader in sustainability. We know even small steps can make a dramatic impact on campus and in our community,” Pohlson said.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.