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Sustainability Guide

Welcome to Bryant’s Sustainability Guide!

This guide provides context and information around key Table of Contents sustainability issues at Bryant. It highlights campus initiatives Overview- Bryant’s Sustainability underway and offers green tips for you and your peers to foster a healthier Bryant community. We welcome you to join Vision and Plan us as we embark on a journey to improving sustainability at You and the Community: Campus Bryant now and in the future. Sustainability in Action

Onward, -Sustainability at Bryant Team

•• Conserving Energy and Water •• Healthy Living and Eating •• Reduce, Reuse, Recycle •• Green Transportation •• Get Involved and Spread Awareness


Sustainability at Large

Sustainability is broadly defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Sustainability is the nexus of ecological balance, economic viability and social justice.

Sustainability at Bryant Bryant defines sustainability as the intersection of environmental, economic and social health, where resources are used efficiently, the community can reach its full potential and the campus environment can thrive. Sustainability can be found across campus from innovative academic and co-curricular programs to the Green IT center and the use of geothermal energy in the President’s house. Bryant has been recognized by its peers as a leader in sustainability. Bryant’s recent STARS Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Higher Education is a testament to the University’s leadership in campus sustainability.

Bryant’s Sustainability Plan 2013 Bryant’s Sustainability Plan projects savings and forecasts carbon footprint data through 2020. It ensures that sustainability is woven into the fabric of campus life. Campus wide initiatives focus overall on three main areas Planning and Policy; Education and Action; and Operations and Facilities. These three areas encompass eight domains of campus sustainability: •• academics and research

•• transportation

•• energy

•• waste reduction and recycling

•• buildings and land use

•• water

•• health and wellness

•• community engagement

Bryant’s Sustainability Committee guides the process of campus engagement and strategic initiatives. The Committee is facilitated by EcoMotion Inc., a team of sustainability advisers and consultants with more than 30 years of experience developing sustainability programs for cities, corporations and campus communities. 3


Conserving Energy and Water

Bryant has outlined goals and strategies to reduce energy use across campus by 20% by 2020. Help Bryant curb energy loads in your dorm room, workspace or office. •• Enable sleep modes on all copiers and all printers •• Turn off the lights whenever you leave the room •• Use natural light when possible •• Turn down your radiator valve or thermostat. •• Too cold? Consider wearing more layers [picture] and make sure the windows are sealed shut. •• Don’t forget to clean out and unplug the fridge before you leave campus for vacation breaks •• Consider a second hand appliance and/or Energy Star rated purchases •• Use a power strip to turn off all appliances when not in use to avoid the phantom load •• Set appliances on a timer if possible or sleep mode

Did you know? Energy Star models are the most energy efficient in any product category, exceeding the energy efficiency minimums set by the federal government. http://www.energystar. gov/ Beware of the PHANTOM ENERGY SUCKER. Electricity is consumed even when appliances are not in use. Standby energy can account for up to 10% of home energy consumed.

If you have problems with heat, call Campus Management: (401)232-6052 4



Conserving Energy and Water

In 2012, Bryant used 65 million gallons of water which came from the nearby Sictuate Reservoir. According to campus tests and the Smithfield Water Supply Board,Bryant has some of the best drinking water in the country. Bryant understands that this is a precious resource and has committed to reduce water usage by 10% from 2012 levels by 2020. Several goals include installing more efficient fixtures and toilets, considering water system upgrades and reviews, and promoting conservation and awareness. Are you a frequent user of Bryant’s water bottle filling stations? Every drop adds up! •• To save water, turn off the tap when soaping up •• Wash your clothes in cold water, line dry laundry when possible •• Avoid the permanent press cycle as it adds 5 gallons or the extra rinse •• Choose a front-loading washer. (front-loaders use 40-60% less water, 30-50% less energy, and 50-70% less detergent than top-loading machines!)

Did you know? Running Report leaks to Campus Management: (401)232-6052 PHOTO:

tap water for two minutes expends approximately 3-5 gallons of water 5


Healthy Living and Eating

Health, wellness and food are central tenants in Bryant’s Sustainability Plan. Bryant supports physical fitness with 22 intercollegiate varsity NCAA Division 1 sports teams. Health Services also supports students in developing healthy lifestyles and provides counseling and programs that promote health awareness activities. Bryant H.E.A.L (Health Education Awareness Leaders) is a peer-peer health education program that runs Bryant University’s Healthy Campus Initiative. •• Exercise regularly •• Aim for 6-8 hours of sleep each night •• Take breaks between studying •• Take time to get outside

. . . .how and what we eat determines to a great extent the use we make of the world-and what is to become of it. To eat with a fuller consciousness of all that is at stake might sound like a burden, but in practice, few things in life afford quite as much satisfaction.” --Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma




Healthy Living and Eating

In 2013, Bryant sourced 11% of its food locally and has the goal to increase this percentage. •• Consider eating in season and buying local •• Select responsibly harvested meats, grains and vegetables and support sustainable agricultural practices in purchasing decisions •• Buy foods with little or no packaging You can make a difference by purchasing local produce right here in Rhode Island. There are more than 55 farmers markets across Rhode Island supported by the non-profit Farm Fresh Rhode Island. Farm Fresh RI helps operate programs at 9 summer farmers markets and a winter market. Farm Fresh RI helps connect rural and urban communities, and strengthen the environment, health and quality of life of local farmers and eaters. Check out the Local Food Guide of Rhode Island farmersmarkets.php Adventure to the Providence/ Armory Farmers Market on Thursdays from 3-7pm (May-October) Location: Cranston Armory, Parade St. And Hudson St. Providence.



Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Bryant actively participates in the nationwide competitions Recycle Mania, Green Game Day Recycling Challenge, Campus Conservation Nationals and Terra Cycle. Bryant’s goal within the Sustainability Plan is to rank in the top 100 percentile through improved recycling communications on campus and through raising awareness on campus. To meet this goal, we need your help. Most of Bryant’s trash and recycling goes to the Central Landfill facility of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) in Johnston Rhode Island. The RIRRC facility spans 1,200 acres on Shun Pike in Johnston, Rhode Island and the landfill itself covers 230 acres. •• Review recycling practices with peers and colleagues •• Use reusable cups, dishware and utensils whenever possible •• Print double sided •• Recycle E-waste in the Unistructure and at the end of the school year


•• Salvation Army drop boxes around campus accept any and all left overs which then go to central stores around Rhode Island.


Recyclable materials

Trash materials

•• All clean paper: magazines, newspaper, envelops (plastic windows are okay), paperback books, paper towels, notebooks, folders, white paper, colored and glossy paper, cereal boxes, beverage cartons, cardboard, clean paper hot cups. ALL PAPER is recyclable

•• Wax coated items: pizza boxes, paper cups and plates with wax coating.

•• All glass, metal and plastic: All rigid plastics, cans (tin, steel, and aluminum), glass bottles, clean aluminum foil and trays, empty aerosol cans, juice and milk cartons empty photocopier toner bottles, and plastic utensils.

•• food covered “soft paper”- dirty tissues or napkins

•• Carbon paper •• Plastic bags •• Styrofoam

Green Transportation Though Bryant is considered to be a commuter campus, there are many ways that we can improve our transportation sustainability and reduce our footprint.


Zipcar Get 24/7 access to Zipcars parked right on campus, reserve online, use your Zipcard to open and drive. The low hourly rates and daily rates include fuel and insurance. Students, faculty, staff can join for only 25$ and use 35$ of free driving. If you want to pick up your zipcard in person, visit The Fisher Center.

Let The Good Wheels Roll with RIPTA

Bryant has an arrangement with the Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority, RIPTA to bus students downtown to Smithfield and downtown to Providence. With a scanned ID card required, students are picked up on campus (near gym) and are given access to ride anywhere throughout RI. The RIPTA bus is available 7 days a week during the school year and runs past midnight. Bryant also has a shuttle service for just $2 per student that takes students to local malls outside of RI. During the holidays the shuttle bus also travels to close by transportation centers! pms 425 pms 369

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Flying with Less impact •• Use video and phone conferencing rather than flying •• Fly on airlines with sustainable practices and policies. When choosing an airline consider the following questions: Does the airline offer a ink to carbon offset plans or include the option in a ticket purchase? Does the airline’s policy include a target percentage for increasing fuel efficiency? Does the airline have a system to recapture glycol after it’s sprayed on airplanes in de-icing operations? •• Take action when you fly: Book a direct flight as takeoffs and landings are a major source of CO2 emissions •• Pack your own lunch or snacks to limit container waste •• Use green transportation when you get to your destination like your hotel’s shuttle, encourage your airline to establish recycling programs, fuel-efficiency practices, and carbon offsetting programs •• Consider offsetting your flight with terrapass

Did you know?

In 2011, greenhouse gas emissions from transportation accounted for more than a quarter of the total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, making it the second largest contributor of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions after the electricity sector. Bryant has four electric vehicle charging stations on campus, four Zipcars available and a strong public transportation system thanks to the RIPTA.



Get Involved, Stay Informed and Spread the Word Get Involved and Spread the Word

Sustainability Committee: This 25-member committee of faculty, administrators, staff, and students is charged with guiding Bryant’s sustainability efforts. It welcomes proposals and presentations from members of the Bryant community.

Green Student Organizations

SCI (Scientific Community Initiative): SCI is a student organization at Bryant that promotes conservation and sustainability on campus through outreach and campaigns, guest speakers, and working with local organizations such as Save the Bay, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, and Audubon Society.

Immersive Programs: Past programs have Bryant Enactus’ Green Team: Enactus is an in- included traveling to a Swedish university to ternational nonprofit organization of students, conduct studies focusing on economic and faculty and corporate leaders who focus on cre- technological climate change issues; coral reef studies in Australia. ating entrepreneurial sustainable solutions for community issues through outreach programs. Sustainability Internships: Internships with the Green Team focuses on campus awareness and Sustainability at Bryant Team can range from participation in Recycle Mania, Campus Consocial media and communication internships, to servation Nationals, TerraCycle, and Game Day researching and developing a project proposal, Recycling Challenge. to organizing awareness campaigns. If interested contact




Get Involved and Spread the Word

Bryant offers over 40 courses that pertain directly to sustainability in the curriculum. The development of Bryant’s Undergraduate Integrated Sustainability Certificate will enable students to earn credit for their cross-disciplinary work and ability to demonstrate sustainable connections. There are lots of ways for you, your peers and colleagues to get involved. Check out the campus organizations below: Green Alumni Alliance: When you graduate, stay connected to Bryant’s sustainability path. The Green Alumni Alliance is a coalition of Bryant alumni who are pursuing careers and passions in the realm of sustainability. Alumni interested in contributing to green projects on and off campus may join the Green Alumni Alliance. The group currently seeks interested alumni who have careers or interests related to sustainability. Please contact to learn more.




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