Bemidji State University’s mission for sustainability is to promote awareness and instill passion for the Earth through our leadership in operational, academic, wellness, and community and cultural activities.

Colorful Wellness Model

Here at BSU, we have a unique understanding of and commitment to sustainability in which we emphasize personal wellness along with social equity, economic feasibility and environmental responsibility. Our perspective has been greatly influenced by Anishinaabe culture – we recognize we are a part of the earth and dependent on it for our survival.


Quick Features

Bucky’s Bikes

BSU’s Bucky’s Bikes program provides long-term rentals through the Sustainability Office.

Email for more information or stop by the Sustainability Office to rent a bike!

Bikes are available to rent for $25 per semester or $40 for the summer.

Check out this interactive map of local destinations accessible by bike!

BSU's FreeStore

 Free Store

The store where everything is FREE!

If you’re a currently enrolled student, stop by Mon-Fri from 10:00–3:00 during the school year for school supplies, kitchen items, clothing, textbooks, etc.

Have something you no longer want or need that’s still in good condition?  Donate it by dropping it in the green “Donate Don’t Dumpster” bin as you enter the Free Store. Located in the Sustainability Office right across from the Bookstore.

Please be aware of updated safety measures for the fall 2020 semester in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

TailWinds logo

 Green Power Partner

For the last decade, BSU has been one of EPA’s Green Power Partners because we annually purchase enough wind energy through Otter Tail Power’s Tailwinds program to cover 5% of campus electricity usage – about what the Student Union consumes.

This purchase moves BSU closer to its carbon reduction goal of reducing our CO2 emissions.

Harvesting vegetables at the Food Shelf Farm

Service Learning

Do you need service learning hours for a class? Are you interested in volunteering in our community?

Here are contacts for some great service learning opportunities.