Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.53
Liaison Jim Vecchione
Submission Date June 6, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Bryant University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jessica Cantone
Assistant Director of Parent Engagement
University Advancement
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):

A sustainability website is maintained as a repository for all sustainability related activities taking place on campus with links to other websites for organizations, programs, and projects. The entire campus community can access the website including outside visitors.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
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The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

Bryant University utilizes social media platforms to educate the community on sustainability practices and initiatives and to raise awareness concerning sustainability on campus. Marketing campaigns are rolled out using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with a primary target market focus on students and alumni. Postings and updates across these platforms act as a catalyst to engage the community in a collaborative effort to continue learning about sustainability and how to implement sustainable practices into campus life.

The student organization, SustainUS, maintains an Instagram Account.


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat?:
Yes

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

The campus newspaper, the Archway, assigns at least one reporter each year to cover sustainability topics and events on campus.

A biweekly column focused on campus sustainability efforts is written by June Candland to reflect progress in sustainability education, research and program development


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The University maintains a website archive of all reports prepared by Honors students. Many of these projects focus on sustainable solutions to complex societal problems and often these projects are also published in academic journals.

Solar energy locations on campus are shown here:

http://bryantgoessolar.weebly.com/bringing-sun-to-bryant.html

Environmental Footprint of Cell Phones at Bryant University:
http://bryantcellphonefootprint.weebly.com/

Next steps for Zero Waste at Bryant University:
http://bryantuniversitynextstepsforzero.weebly.com/

Electricity Use on Campus (for campus users):
http://www.showmyenergy.com/EnergyManager/Login.aspx


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

Recycling collection centers are well marked and streamlined across campus with signage to indicate the recycling locations.

Additionally, the Student Sustainability Ambassadors have created new recycling signage for the residence halls and across campus to better inform the campus community as to what can and cannot be recycled.

In 2017, the Academic Innovation Center was awarded a Silver LEED certification. The AIC is intended to leverage best practices and technology to deliver highly energy efficient and sustainable building performance. In addition to the LEED certification process, the project team worked closely with NGRID, as part of their Advanced Buildings Program. Some of the innovative features include energy saving HVAC controls; a high efficiency HVAC system design; daylight harvesting and low wattage LED lighting design; improved thermal envelope; and high performance glazing. The plaque was unveiled in April 2018. https://www.usgbc.org/projects/bryant-university-aic


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

A poster positioned above the trash chutes notifies the students that food waste should be left on plates so that the dining services can properly dispose of it in a sustainable way. Several infographics explain in depth how various food items served in the dining hall are sustainability sourced. Aramark also displays the company’s commitment to the fair treatment of animals through several infographics. Additionally, there are various forms of signage that explain the importance of locally grown and sourced foods. Several posters list the name and location of the local farms and farmers from which Bryant dining supports and purchases from.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
No

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Several projects have mapped the walking and running trails on campus, and in some cases have indicated important ecological information.

http://bryantwalkingtrails.wix.com/ecology1

http://kmurrone.wix.com/bryantwalkingtrails#

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=zX5_qlUdijrA.kkLJlus3LPb4

http://mminese.wix.com/team-econmaniacs

Mapping vernal pools on campus:

http://www.smithfieldvernalpools.webs.com/


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:

Commuters are informed of bus services to and from campus, and residents have available options for bus and van services.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

The Wellness Center Manager created an educational safety guide for runners, walkers, and cyclists. The guide outlines basic safety tips that university students and faculty should take into consideration when running on or off campus. The guide also includes a series of routes with highlighted maps, distances, and terrain level.


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Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

Guidelines have been developed for effective recycling practices in all campus residence halls, and resident assistants are trained to encourage recycling by residents. Continuing work will take place to establish a model green suite.

The student handbook states the following about trash and recycling:
Trash & Recycling: Each living area has a responsibility to dispose of trash & recyclables properly in designated locations. Residents are not permitted to leave their trash outside their hallway doors. The Resident Director has specific instructions for each area. It is the responsibility of each resident
to familiarize themselves with the set of instructions which applies to their living area. Citations/fines may be issued to individual(s) or floors in violation of University policies regarding proper trash/recycling disposal.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

A Bryant University Sustainability Guidelines document is available from our main edu website.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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