Our Environment

Students pick up trash along the Lake Bemidji shore.
Students pick up trash along the Lake Bemidji shore.

Bemidji is a special place, and our environment is a big part of who we are. That’s why we work so hard to preserve and protect it.

With the Sustainability Office leading the way, we’ve been named one of America’s greenest colleges and universities by The Princeton Review. As part of our institutional commitment to environmental stewardship, our entire community is dedicated to keeping our campus and our environment pristine.

Sustainability On Campus

The Sustainability Office organizes campus events and activities throughout the year, in addition to performing waste audits for Beltrami County in an effort to reduce waste throughout the region.

Join us for Sustainability Tuesdays, a weekly presentation on topics related to environmental and sustainability issues. Each month focuses on a different theme, such as wildlife habitats, weaving, canning and preservation, or native foods.

In April, we celebrate Earth Month with a full schedule of events, such as our “Stride into Spring” 5/10K, panel discussions on genetic engineering, electronics collection drives, and bike maintenance workshops.

Education & Advocacy Programs

BSU offers numerous academic programs that focus on the environment and prepare students to live green, sustainable lives. Check out courses in the  Department of Environmental, Earth and Space Studies or in the Aquatic Biology program.

The university and the community have also partnered on many educational projects, and the city’s sustainability efforts have earned it certification from Minnesota as a GreenStep city.