Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.46
Liaison Andrew DeMelia
Submission Date May 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

Bryant University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Andrew DeMelia
Asst. Vice President of Facilities
Facilities
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Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at students and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at employees and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Name of the campaign:
Recyclemania

A brief description of the campaign:

RecycleMania is a national 8-week long recycling program that colleges and universities compete in to benchmark and improve efforts geared towards the reduction and elimination of waste on campus.

Bryant has participated in Recyclemania since 2009. We held an event with Shred-It to collect sensitive materials from offices across campus. The 2022 E-Waste recycling drive at Bryant University took place on March 2, 2022. We collected more than 1000 pounds of e-waste from faculty, students, staff and residents of the Town of Smithfield. The date for the Green Office clean-out is March 18 through 22.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:

Bryant University’s participation in the Recyclemania competition has had a positive impact on both students and staff alike. Each year, the percentage of engagement throughout the competition has steadily increased since Bryant first participated in 2009. Bryant University ranked 6th nationally in 2021 in the Per Capita Category. Bryant University finished 2nd in the 2022 Per Capita Category and ranked first in electronic recycling. The program’s continued success can be attributed to the strong marketing and promotional efforts targeted towards the Bryant community. Facilities Operations also posts the measured recycling numbers, which are collected monthly, on different screens across campus.


Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Earth Week

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):

SustainUS, a sustainability focused club at Bryant, hosts an annual "Earth Week" the week of Earth Day. This week consists of different speakers presenting on various sustainability topics, sustainable facts posted to our clubs social media accounts, campus cleanups, and an "Earth Day Spectacular" consisting of different clubs on campus hosting a fair to show how their clubs are sustainable in their own ways. During Earth week, SustainUs hosted many different speakers who focused their presentations on different sustainability topics.
-Roger Williams Park zoo on their conservation efforts
-Energy Manager from Purdue discussing the different ways their company is working on becoming more sustainable
- “Climate Crisis Past and Future” by Dr. Dana Royer
-Plant Based Diet presentation by Cheryl Brock


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):

The SustainUs team raised awareness with their peers through Earth Week activities. One such event that stemmed from the festivities was a campus clean-up event. The event was supported by Facilities Operations and students from the Bryant community. Also, during Earth week, hundreds of students attended the presentations, "Earth Day Spectacular" event, and viewed and engaged with the SustainUS Instagram page which promotes sustainability in many forms. These events increased the overall awareness of sustainability on campus due to Instagram posts, posters, and campus events.


A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:

In September of 2019, in partnership with the Facilities Operations team, students from SustainUs collected items from students moving out after the Spring semester in 2021. The household items collected were stored for the summer, then resold to students moving back to campus in the fall. The group collected more than $600 in funds that are used to support other initiatives. We plan to continue this process annually going forward.


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