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

STARS v2.1

Bryant University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.75 / 4.00 Sierra Flanigan
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
EcoMotion/Coalesce
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
No

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:
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A copy of the strategic plan:
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The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the sustainability plan:
The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the climate action plan:
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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
No

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:

A 1 Academic Courses
Set up system for conducting yearly inventory for new and existing courses to flag and account for sustainability-related and focused courses + Support deployment of sustainability modules to increase percentage of courses that offer and focus on sustainability.

A 2 Learning Outcomes
Identify Learning outcomes that touch on sustainability; over time make sustainability more explicit as an institutional Learning Outcomes.

A 3 Undergraduate Program
Continue on offering undergraduate course in Environmental Science.

A 4 Graduate Program
Determine if Physicians Assistant or Communications major include sustainability as an optional track.

A 5 Immersive Experience
Highlight examples of immersive experiences with faculty.

A 6 Sustainability Literacy
Conduct Sustainability Literacy Assessment in partnership with Institutional Research.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:

A 7 Incentives for Developing Courses
Merit incentive system for faculty working in service, counts toward credit for faculty.

A 9 Research and Scholarship
Set up system to conduct yearly inventory to identify research in sustainability.

A 10 Support for Research
Continue to support faculty who are researching sustainability related subject matter.

A 11 Open Access to Research
Create formal system for tracking Sustainability Research in the Library.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

EN 1 Student Educators Program
Work with student leadership to integrate sustainability into existing and future student programming.

EN 2 Student Orientation
Integrate sustainability into student programming including orientation.

EN 3 Student Life
Continue to offer leadership opportunities for students passionate about sustainability.

EN 4 Outreach Materials and Publications
Work with Alumni and Parent Engagement groups to publish sustainability news and content.

EN 5 Outreach Campaign
Include sustainability in outreach campaigns to Bryant Alumni and gauge level of interest in giving and engaging around sustainability
Identify Alumni who are working in the cleantech and sustainability space for “Green Alumni Alliance”

EN 6 Assessing Sustainability Culture
Include sustainability culture and awareness question(s) in common outgoing assessments and track data.

EN 7 Employee Educators Program
Pilot Sustainability Employee Educators Program, consider designation for someone having completed sustainability training.

En 8 Employee Orientation
Continue including sustainability into new Employee Orientation (include sample PAP goals).

EN 9 Staff Professional Development
Engage Department Heads in conversation with students and CSLI about leveraging existing community partnerships and initiating new ones.

EN 10 Community Partnerships
Engage Department Heads in conversation with students and CSLI about leveraging existing community partnerships and initiating new ones.

EN 11 Inter-Campus Collaboration
Engage Department Heads in conversation with students and CSLI about leveraging existing community partnerships and initiating new ones.

EN 12 Continuing Education
Adopt Sustainability Certificate in Executive Development Center.

EN 13 Community Service
Develop system and conduct survey to evaluate number of community service hours completed by students.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

EN 14 Participate in Public Policy
Advocate for policies for campus sustainability through forming and working with a network of Rhode Island institutions.

EN 15 Trademark Licensing
Become member of Fair Labor Association.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

OP 3 Building Operations and Maintenance
Incorporate LEED building standards for all new construction.

OP 4 Building Design and Construction
Incorporate sustainable practices into all campus renovations whenever possible.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

OP 6 Clean and Renewable Energy
Reduce total building energy consumption by 5% from FY 2016 baseline of 90.08 kBTU/sq ft/year to 85 kBTU/sqft/yr by FY2020 normalized heating degree day.

Adopt solar renewable energy project on campus by FY2020 and explore alternative ways to incorporate clean energy into Bryant's energy portfolio.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:

OP 7 Food and Beverage Purchasing
Purchase local and organic food and beverage whenever possible.

OP 8 Low Impact Dining
Purchase local and sustainable food and beverages whenever cost-competitive and establish tracking system.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

OP 9 Landscape Management
Publicize where organic fertilizer is being used with signage and increase budget when possible to include more organic fertilizer from FY16 baseline.

OP 10 Biodiversity
Consider biodiversity implications of all grounds practices and new buildings.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:

OP 11 Sustainable Procurement
Continue to include Sustainability Standards for businesses in RFP language.
Increase expenditures in cost-competitive Local and Inclusive products and services.
Develop website content that reflects sustainable purchasing practices for Sustainability at Bryant website.

OP 12 Electronics Purchasing
Continue to purchase EPEAT registered products and publicize whenever possible.

OP 13 Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing
Give preference to sustainable cleaning products for all janitorial and cleaning services on campus.

OP 14 Office Paper Purchasing
Increase purchase of office paper with post-consumer recycled, agricultural residue, and/or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified content.
Develop institution-wide preference policy for purchasing post-consumer recycled office paper.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:


OP 15 Campus Fleet
Create and post No Idling signage in five strategic locations on campus.
Consider purchasing hybrid, electric or alternatively fueled vehicle when vehicles are retired.

OP 16 Student Commute Modal Split*
Continue to promote sustainable modes of commuting to campus.

OP 17 Employee Commute Modal Split
Conduct a survey to gather data about employee commuting behavior and to obtain ideas from community about carpooling feasibility.

OP 18 Support for Sustainable Transportation
Include safe and sustainable transportation issue in Commuter Connect Committee discussions. Work to develop a proposal in the Sustainability Committee to expand safe trails and sustainable transportation options for students and staff.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

OP 19 Waste Minimization and Diversion
Reduce pounds of garbage per FTE by 5% from FY2016 baseline by FY2020. Alternately, increase recycling per FTE by 5% from FY2016 baseline by FY2020.

Continue partaking in and hosting annual Recyclemania events including E-waste Drive, Green Office Clean out and Office Supply Exchange.

OP 20 Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion
Continue including standards into specs and work with contracts to divert non-hazardous construction and demolition waste from the landfill and/or incinerator.

OP 21 Hazardous Waste Management
Continue to safely dispose of hazardous, special, universal and non-regulated chemical waste and minimize presence of these materials on campus. Continue to host annual E-waste recycling drive to responsibly divert electronic waste from the landfill.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

OP 22 Water Use
Continue replacing old appliances with low-flow faucets and toilets to reduce water consumption on campus. Reduce water consumption from FY2016 baseline by 2% per FTE by FY2020.

OP 23 Rainwater Management
Continue to comply to latest RIDEM regulations (treat before discharging) and incorporate more permeable pavement and underground infiltration chambers into campus planning.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:

PA 4 Diversity and Equity Coordination
Continue to include diversity, equity and sustainability issues as ongoing focus areas for all Bryant employees.

PA 5 Assessing Diversity and Equity
Continue to track diversity and inclusion data from Bryant employees.

PA 6 Support for Underrepresented Groups
Continue to honor Diversity Policy Statement.

PA 7 Affordability and Access
Include sustainability and information on affordability and access in admissions tours and materials and training for tour guides.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:

PA 8 committee on Investor Responsibility
Consider developing Sustainable Investment Policy.

PA 9 Sustainable Investment
Increase investments in ESR and sustainability.

PA 10 Investment Disclosure
Consider making snapshot of investment withholdings available to the public


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:

PA 11 Employee Compensation
Continue to report senior staff salary information as required.

PA 12 Assessing Employee Satisfaction
Continue to conduct bi-annual survey of employee satisfaction.

PA 13 Wellness Program
Continue to offer high quality wellness services to all campus stakeholders.

PA 14 Workplace Health and Safety
Continue ongoing focus to provide a safe and healthy work environment and continue system for occupational disease cases and full-time and part time employees.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
No

The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):

Sustainability is the nexus of ecological balance, economic viability and social justice.


Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment No
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) No

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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