Plain Awesome Founding Partners
Sioux Falls Green Project
Every single change counts with the Green Project –a local movement educating and inspiring our community to build a greener future. We’re working together to make Sioux Falls sustainable and responsible, focusing on the areas of recycling, water conservation, energy and design. We connect our community’s green efforts and lift them up so we can all learn, change and grow together. One by one, we can unite so every effort makes an impact. Every One Counts.
SDSU College of Education and Human Sciences
Helen Van Zante Endowment
Dr. Helen Johnson Van Zante (1906-1990), a distinguished scientist and pioneering developer of the home microwave oven, grew up on a farm in Brookings County, SD. She attended South Dakota State College [SDSC] where she graduated with a degree in mathematics. Later, she pursued advanced graduate work in physics at Iowa State University, which was very unusual study for a woman in the 1930s, where she completed a doctor’s degree. While at SDSC, she studied traditional studio arts with Professor Ada B. Caldwell, which led to a lifelong avocation as a painter of still life, landscape, and genre subjects. In 1989, Van Zante received recognition from the South Dakota Board of Regents as a Centennial Alumni. She also established the substantial Van Zante Endowment to support visiting professors on such subjects as housing, home furnishings, and household technology, which the Interior Design program in the College of Education and Human Sciences developed along with the Department of Visual Arts.
Koch Hazard Architects
Koch Hazard Architects, founded in 1961, is a regionally-focused, professional service firm with expertise in architecture, planning and interiors and retains the most qualified consultants in engineering and other disciplines as needed. Koch Hazard Architects has received numerous professional and civic awards for its work.