Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.70
Liaison Gail Valentine
Submission Date July 5, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Bryant University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Emily Schweitzer
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
EcoMotion/Coalesce
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Does the institution have current and formal plans to advance sustainability in the following areas? Do the plans include measurable objectives?:
Current and Formal Plans (Yes or No) Measurable Objectives (Yes or No)
Curriculum Yes Yes
Research (or other scholarship) --- ---
Campus Engagement Yes Yes
Public Engagement --- ---
Air and Climate No No
Buildings Yes Yes
Dining Services/Food Yes Yes
Energy Yes Yes
Grounds Yes Yes
Purchasing Yes Yes
Transportation Yes Yes
Waste Yes Yes
Water Yes Yes
Diversity and Affordability No No
Health, Wellbeing and Work Yes Yes
Investment Yes Yes
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Curriculum:

 AR 1: Maintain a sustainability focus option within selected majors

 AR 2: Infuse sustainability within existing courses

 AR 3: Recognize active work in sustainability service on and off campus

 AR 4: Further develop the Undergraduate Integrated Sustainability Certificate for approval by the Curriculum Committee

 AR 5: Develop a Sustainability Certificate administered by the Executive Development
Center

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Curriculum plan(s):

 Examine best practices at leading institutions

 Support faculty members and other stakeholders to further develop the Undergraduate Integrated Sustainability Certificate in collaboration with the Curriculum Committee

 Convene special meetings of the Sustainability Committee to enhance sustainability in the curriculum

 Seek special grant funding for rounding out the academic offering

 Consider special course(s) on the business impacts of climate change

 Administer faculty survey in FY 2016 to understand current activity

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Curriculum plan(s):

Responsible departments: Academic Affairs, Center for Teaching and Learning, Executive Development Center

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Research (or other scholarship):
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Research plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Research plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Campus Engagement around sustainability:

 CE1: Continue to manage Student Sustainability Ambassador Program

 CE2: Increase social media activity (Twitter and Facebook profiles)

 CE3: Host and organize intercampus sustainability event, seminar, or forum to exchange best practices and highlight Bryant’s initiative by FY 2016

 CE4: Attend annual Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference and represent Bryant University in October, 2015

 CE5: Pilot Green Office certification program (recycling, awareness and conservation) in at least one department by 2016

 CE6: Host Game Day Recycling Challenge

 CE7: Increase viewership of Bryant’s sustainability website by 5% from FY 14 baseline by FY 16

 CE 8: Host Green Office Clean Out event annually

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Campus Engagement plan:

 Reach out to community with calendar of events

 Strengthen the Student Sustainability Ambassadors Program and coordinate projects with the local community

 Solicit businesses for Bryant work-study arrangements and internships

 Host a Sustainability Festival

 Continue to include sustainability in First Fridays events to education Bryant staff

 Consider Farmers Market on campus

 Continue to host the world-class Women’s Summit

 Develop methodology for tracking Bryant community service hours in the community

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Campus Engagement plan(s):

Responsible departments: Office of Campus Engagement

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Public Engagement around sustainability:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Public Engagement plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Public Engagement plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Air and Climate:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Air and Climate plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Air and Climate plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Buildings:

BL 1: Develop institutional standards for building construction, maintenance, and renovations that include sustainability components

o Adhere to Energy Guidelines when applicable

 B2: Review LEED certified requirements and consider costs and benefits while planning
new construction

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Buildings plan(s):

 Continue to document sustainability efforts and efficiency measures in building and construction through the Capital and Operational Investments in Sustainability FY 12- FY
15 list (see appendix 3)

 Consider green roofs on campus buildings

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")
 Continue to develop and utilize means to measure energy and water consumption on
campus


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Buildings plan(s):

Responsible departments: Facilities and Grounds

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Dining Services/Food:

To enhance sustainability in food and dining, Bryant recognizes the need to determine and clarify the University’s definition and parameters of sustainable foods. It can work to encourage

Dining Services to shift from conventional to sustainable food sourcing practices, such as
purchasing fair trade, organic, locally and regionally sourced food, and Marine Stewardship
Council certified food. The key to this is to establish a transparent tracking system for the Dining Services’ supply chain, and educating students, faculty, and administration on the link between food sourcing and healthy eating habits.

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

 D1: Develop definitions, criteria and parameters for Bryant University’s sustainable food procurement (e.g., local, third party certified, hormone and antibiotic free, free range, processed, harvest, caught, owned etc.) by FY 2016

 D2: Develop tracking system for sustainable food procurement by FY 2016

 D3: Develop a baseline for sustainable food and dining expenditures by FY 2016

 D4: Increase the percentage of dining services food and beverage expenditures that are sustainable by 20% from FY 2016 baseline by 2020

 D5: Continue the work of the food and dining implementation team annually

 D6: Continue to survey the campus community on sustainable dining and purchasing perceptions annually

 D7: Continue to convene the Student Food Advisory Committee annually

 D8: Continue to host annual farm to table meals

 D9: Host an annual sustainable food information session

 D10: Train Dining Services’ staff on a regular basis on sustainability practices

 D11: Label sustainable food served and grower profiles when possible

 D12: Replace disposal products whenever possible with ones made from
(post-consumer)recycled content

 D13: Institute reusable dishware in dining facilities

 D14: Institute trayless dining in all facilities

D15: Institute and market reusable to-go mugs at Nick’s Place and Unistructure café by FY 2016

 D16: Develop and institute sustainable catering practices by FY 2017

 Explore food recovery and donation program by FY 2016 and develop action plan by 2017

 D18: Continue to recycle fryer oil and track diversion

 D19: Assess and monitor and reduce energy and water usage in all dining locations

 D20: Collaborate with Facilities to implement energy curtailment schedules

 D21: Develop baseline, track, and increase the percentage of green cleaning products used

 D22: Implement weigh the waste campaigns annually to reduce food waste

 D23: Continue to recycle and divert food waste

 D24: Continue to track natural gas use in Salmanson kitchen

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Dining Services/Food plan(s):

Dining Services, Aramark

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Energy:

o Maintain electricity reductions achieved from FY 2010-2015 by 2020.

o Bryant met and exceeded its preliminary electricity reduction goal of 10% (stated in Plan 1 and Plan 2) by 9% from FY 2010 baseline calculated based on cooling degree data on a square footage basis per full-time equivalent (FTE).

 Bryant is committed to reducing natural gas use by 10% from a trailing five-year baseline (2009- 2013) calculated based on heating degree day data on a square footage basis per full-time equivalent by 2020.

 Explore the viability of additional renewable energy on and off campus to cut costs, specifically solar potential (such as solar roof panels on the Indoor Practice Facility) and more geothermal

a. Given Bryant’s heightened sense of aesthetics, all renewable energy and efficiency projects must fit within campus standards

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Energy plan(s):

● Exploring ways to reduce sewer pump costs and associated energy usage

● Cutting heating oil use as tanks are removed; installing more efficient boilers

● Engaging in the Student Campus Conservation Nationals Competition

● Tracking power usage effectiveness

● Pursuing and tracking all energy rebates

● Exploring public/private partnerships for mutual gain

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Energy plan(s):

Facilities
http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Grounds:

 B3: Increase use of organic fertilizers purchased from FY 2014 baseline

 B4: Continue to track campus square footage and number of buildings

 B5: Continue to track campus-owned acreage

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Grounds plan(s):

 Continue to document sustainability efforts and efficiency measures in building and construction through the Capital and Operational Investments in Sustainability FY 12- FY 15 list (see appendix 3)

 Consider green roofs on campus buildings

 Continue to develop and utilize means to measure energy and water consumption on campus

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Grounds plan(s):

Responsible departments: Facilities and Grounds

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Purchasing:

Bryant has the opportunity to leverage its purchasing power with suppliers and develop a
comprehensive inventory of existing suppliers. Through weaving sustainability expectations into RFP processes the University can pursue more sustainable purchasing options.

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Purchasing plan(s):

 SCM1: Develop Purchasing Guidelines and a Vendor Code of Conduct by FY 2016

 SCM2: Develop system-wide template RFP language with sustainability specifications
incorporated by FY 2016

 SCM3: Increase expenditures on green cleaning products by 10% from FY 12 baseline

 SCM4: Increase use of recycled office paper (30-49% recycled content) by 10% from FY
2012 baseline by FY 2017

 SCM5: Increase use of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) paper use by 5% from FY 2012 baseline by FY 2015

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Purchasing plan(s):

Office of Business Affairs

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Transportation:

 T1: Consider diversifying campus fleet to include alternatively fueled vehicles for on
campus use

 T2: Increase use of public transportation (RIPTA) by 5% from FY 2013 baseline by FY
2020

 T3: Reduce total campus gasoline (vehicle) use by 10% from FY 2013 baseline by FY 2020

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Transportation plan(s):

 Continue to promote mass transit

 Consider on-campus food and convenience store to reduce trips

 Consider bringing food trucks to campus

 Consider purchasing alternatively fueled vehicles for on-campus use

 Consider use of bio-diesel fuel in grounds equipment

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Transportation plan(s):

Responsible department: Facilities, Public Safety, and Athletics

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Waste:

 WR1: Increase recycling diversion rate by 15% from calendar year 2012 baseline by calendar year 2020

 W2: Rank in top 100 for the RecycleMania Grand Champion Competition Division by FY 2017

 W3: Continue to rank in the top 10 for E-cycleMania Competition by FY 2017

 W4: Implement campus recycling actions by 2016 that addresses key issues and metrics

 W5: Continue to divert food waste stream

 W6: Continue to measure food waste

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Waste plan(s):

 Promote reusable water bottles for students, faculty, and staff

 Promote double-sided printing, print reduction, scanning, use of cloud technology, etc.

 Examine winning strategies for Recycle-Mania competition

 Dispose surplus desktop computers, notebooks and monitors, along with other electronics annually during RecycleMania through Bryant’s E-Recycling Drive

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Waste plan(s):

Responsible departments: Facilities, Dining Services

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Water:

 W1: Reduce campus-wide water use by 10% from FY 2012 levels by FY 2020 per FTE

 W2: Explore ways to reduce sewer up costs and associated energy usage

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Water plan(s):

 Report leaks and identify opportunities for infrastructure upgrades

 Consider a water appliance review

 Consider installing water sub-meters

 Explore native and lower water use planting and smart irrigation controls

 Upgrade to efficient appliances – kitchen equipment, toilets, showerheads, faucet aerators, dishwashers, and clothes washers

 Promote student conservation and awareness campaigns

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Water plan(s):

Responsible departments: Facilities, Dining Services

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance Diversity and Affordability:
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The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):
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Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Diversity and Affordability plan(s):
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A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Health, Wellbeing and Work:

HW1: Provide education across campus to faculty, staff and students on wellness and
health related issues


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

 Promote exercise on campus through paths, trails, club and intramural sports

 Work with and support HEAL (health education awareness leaders), a student organization focusing on health related topics

 Provide focused wellness counseling services across campus

 Hold monthly educational programs (Wellness Wednesdays) on flu prevention, nutrition, and other health related areas for students, faculty and staff

 Hold monthly education programs for faculty and staff on Alzheimer’s awareness, care- giving for the elderly, and other relevant topics

 Forge a partnership with University Counseling Services to unify and strengthen wellness programming and messaging across campus

 Reach out to Athletics and speak with teams about drugs and alcohol usage

 Promote electronic medical records (EMR) to capture indices such as BMI, and the use
of smoking and alcohol history to use in relevant programing

 Reduce the amount of broken bottles on campus

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


Accountable parties, offices or departments for the Health, Wellbeing and Work plan(s):

Responsible departments: Health Services, Dining Services, and Athletics

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")


A brief description of the plan(s) to advance sustainability in Investment:

A goal in the University's 2020 Strategic Plan is to "continue building and sustaining a modern, energy efficient campus among the most beautiful and welcoming in the United States".

Additionally, the Sustainability Plan outlines that: Bryant will consider all costs and benefits as it invests in sustainable practices. McKinsey and Company, one of the nation’s leading management consulting firms, has studied the macroeconomic costs of climate protection measures. Just how feasible is it to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by significant factors? And what is the relative cost of mitigation measures? Its “supply curve” of measures shows that nearly half have net zero cost to society. These are measures that make sense to do right away, despite their environmental benefits.

The least-cost sustainability measures usually exploit advanced technology which through
efficiency drives down use and increase utility. Many measures presented in this Plan will a) generate multiple benefits and b) can be justified based on energy, water, and food-saving economics. In each case, the University will analyze costs and benefits to determine appropriate investment strategies.

http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/ (see "download the Plan")
http://www.bryant.edu/about/strategic-initiatives.htm


The measurable objectives, strategies and timeframes included in the Investment plan(s):

Bryant tracks all investments in energy efficiency and sustainability. This is available on the website: http://www.bryant.edu/about/sustainability/


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