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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
OP-22: Waste Minimization

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.42 / 5.00 Scott Gauthier
Manager, Custodial Operations
Facilities
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Waste generated::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Materials recycled 149.23 Tons 185.40 Tons
Materials composted 114.15 Tons 0 Tons
Materials reused, donated or re-sold 8.69 Tons 0 Tons
Materials disposed in a solid waste landfill or incinerator 552.47 Tons 0 Tons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users”::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 2,740 2,456
Number of residential employees 23 20
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 3,380 3,470
Full-time equivalent of employees 677 642
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015
Baseline Year July 1, 2011 June 30, 2012

A brief description of when and why the waste generation baseline was adopted:
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A brief description of any (non-food) waste audits employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any institutional procurement policies designed to prevent waste:
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A brief description of any surplus department or formal office supplies exchange program that facilitates reuse of materials:

Bryant's Support Services Department serves as the formal department in charge of surplus office supplies, furniture, and equipment. Their office tracks inventories, and oversees the storage, distribution, and re-purposing of surplus materials. There have also been two Green Office Cleanouts which include supply exchanges in the past two years with large staff participation.


A brief description of the institution's efforts to make materials available online by default rather than printing them:

The University continues to actively transition to a mode of making printed materials available online. This summer the University is maintaining www.bryant.edu, a website which will enhance the communication program and its ability to offer additional online publications. The Human Resource Department has been the leader in this area publishing the following electronically:
Employee self manager-paychecks and benefit information; Employee Handbook, Employee & Campus Directories. Open enrollment support materials were published online and all associated forms returned electronically. University performance action plans and year end performance summaries are available online. Employment opportunities are all posted online and applicants are required to apply electronically. The Purchasing Department is in the process of transitioning to a paperless purchasing system in which all orders are emailed. If materials do have to be printed the University makes every effort to choose paper stocks that are recognized by the Forest Stewardship Council.


A brief description of any limits on paper and ink consumption employed by the institution:

To limit free printing students are given a $40.00 printing allowance at the beginning of the year. The cost per print is .05 cents for each black and white copy and .50 cents for each color copy.


A brief description of any programs employed by the institution to reduce residence hall move-in/move-out waste:

Resident Life Office has a program to reduce move out waste. Resident Life promotes and facilitates a donation day event in which they plan and encourage students to donate gently used items to the Big Sisters of Rhode Island. Three donation drop off locations are established. Resident Life also organizes a food drive in which they collect unopened nonperishable food items for a local food pantry.


A brief description of any other (non-food) waste minimization strategies employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any food waste audits employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any programs and/or practices to track and reduce pre-consumer food waste in the form of kitchen food waste, prep waste and spoilage:
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A brief description of programs and/or practices to track and reduce post-consumer food waste:

We currently offer trayless dining on Tuesdays. Additionally we encourage students not to use trays.


A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable and/or third party certified compostable to-go containers for to-go food and beverage items (in conjunction with a composting program):

We currently do not offer reusable containers.


A brief description of the institution's provision of reusable service ware for “dine in” meals and reusable and/or third party certified compostable service ware for to-go meals (in conjunction with a composting program):
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A brief description of any discounts offered to customers who use reusable containers (e.g. mugs) instead of disposable or compostable containers in to-go food service operations:

Mugs can be bought at dining locations for $1.75. Each time the mug is used instead of a conventional cup the customer will enjoy $.25 off of the beverage purchase.


A brief description of other dining services waste minimization programs and initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s waste minimization initiatives is available:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.