SWC Plants Campus With Sustainability in Mind

Jul 12th, 2011 | By | Category: 20-1: Native Voices, Modern Media, Tribal College News

Sisseton Wahpeton College (SWC, Sisseton, SD) has received approval from the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate to place two small, electricity-generating wind turbines on its land, which it received from the tribe in 1979 to devote to educational needs of the Lake Traverse Reservation. The wind turbines will generate energy to supply about half of the college’s electrical needs.

Another project on prairie restoration will bring many species of native plants back to the campus and will include several outdoor classroom areas for the science department. This project is expected to be completed by fall 2008, although SWC personnel expect to be adding more indigenous plants every year.

Of the approximately 120 acres of land that SWC has access to, about 100 acres will be planted with native grasses and wild flowers. On the southeast part of the campus, four exterior classrooms will be built along an existing one-mile walking trail. Native plants will be used to populate the classroom spaces, the area along the trail, and the open land.

The 20-acre area that surrounds the SWC campus also will be cultivated with native plants, which will be the most noticeable improvement. To plan the project, SWC personnel received help from local tribal traditionalists and native plants experts as well as experts from South Dakota State University in both native plants and landscape design.

For information, visit the tribal college website, www.swc.tc , or contact Pam Wynia by telephone (605) 698-3966 or by email: pwynia@swc.tc.

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