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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

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

STARS v2.0

Bryant University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Talia Arnow
Associate Director, Campus Sustainability
EcoMotion/Coalesce
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
Yes or No
A central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts Yes
A sustainability newsletter No
Social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability Yes
A vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability Yes
Building signage that highlights green building features Yes
Food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems Yes
Signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed No
A sustainability walking map or tour Yes
A guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation Yes
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians Yes
A guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience Yes
Regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat Yes
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

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 and there is an opportunity for visitors to leave questions and comments for future sustainability efforts.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:
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The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus 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 Communications and Engagement working group (part of the Sustainability Committee) is exploring implementing a student position on campus to manage all social media accounts for Sustainability at Bryant.


The website URL of the primary social media platform that focuses on sustainability:
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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

http://sunhounds.blogspot.com/

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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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.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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A brief description of food service area 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:
A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
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The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
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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/


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A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative 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 alternative methods of transportation:
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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.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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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 website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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A brief description of regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:

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, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:
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A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

A 2015 Bryant University Sustainability Plan is available online. This report summarized all sustainability activities in place as of June, 2009 (the Plan was also updated in August 2012)


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (2nd material):

In May 2011, a student organization, SIFE, produced the Bryant University Green Report summarizing sustainability information for 2010/2011. This report was distributed to the campus community.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material (3rd material):

Bryant's Office of University Advancement publishes a quarterly magazine, BRYANT. The Spring 2010 issue was focused on sustainability, "Solving the People, Profit, and Planet Puzzle." It included three major articles about sustainability and a targeted message from the President underscoring the importance of sustainability in everything we do.


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