Sustainability

We are committed to creating a sustainable campus and culture through a framework that includes academics, research, energy, buildings and land use, food and dining, and community engagement.

Sustainability at Bryant promotes Bryant's global vision, our commitment to business innovation, and the arts and sciences. It also equips our students with skills and tools needed to compete and participate in this economy while providing opportunities for community involvement and learning. Cross-campus stakeholders include the Sustainability Committee and the student group SustainUs. 

Bryant University has received a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Sustainability Committee

Sustainability Committee meetings are open to all interested members of the Bryant community. It hosts a full calendar of events, including Electronics Recyclemania, Earth Day, Farmers Markets, Green Office Clean Out, Office Supply Exchange, Shredding Day, Text Book Recycling, Student Group Recycling Day, orientation activities, and other campus-wide initiatives.

The committee is co-chaired by Professor of Science and Technology Gaytha Langlois, Ph.D., and John Ruppert, Deputy Director of Athletics. Additional members are:

  • Katrina Alicea, Student Affairs
  • Jeanne Ambler, Human Resources
  • Nicole Belton, Sodexo
  • Stefanie Boyer, Ph.D., Academics
  • Jessica Cantone, Alumni Services
  • Ariel Davey, Student Affairs
  • Andrew DeMelia, Facilities
  • Maria Hendrickson, Student Affairs
  • Jennifer Horan, Ph.D., Academics
  • Maeve Kiley, Student
  • Emma Lacey, Student
  • Kiersten Laramee, Student
  • Lorainne Letellier, Auxiliary Services
  • Jim Lucia, Facilities
  • Ryan Marnane, Ph.D., Academics
  • Lisa Morris, Fisher Center
  • Geoffrey Poirier, Facilities 
  • Marjorie Robidoux, Admission
  • Nicholas Schleicher, Athletics
  • Leon Schmid, Student
  • Elin Svard, Student

Plans, Goals and Resources for Sustainability

To build a more sustainable future for Bryant, our initiatives focus on three areas: planning and policy; education and research; and operations. These three areas encompass eight domains. You can learn more about each in the sections below.

Our plan projects savings and forecasts carbon footprint data through 2020. Developed in 2013, it ensures that sustainability is woven into the fabric of campus life.

Campuswide initiatives focus overall on planning and policy; education and action; and operations. Planning and policy streamline strategies in leadership and decision-making. Operations include the built environment and systemize the efficient use of resources. Education and research build understanding, deepen knowledge and inspire careers.

These three areas encompass ten domains: academics and research; energy; buildings and land use; health and wellness; food and dining; supply chain management; transportation; waste reduction and recycling; water; and community engagement.

The Sustainability Committee stewards the plan, guides the process and campus engagement, and holds the Bryant community accountable. 

Universities are laboratories for education, and sustainability offers opportunities for experiential learning and leadership. Undergraduate and graduate programs incorporate sustainability, and more than 40 courses focus on local and global sustainability.

The Integrated Sustainability Certificate empowers undergraduate students with a deeper understanding of system resilience, development of an interdisciplinary perspective, and acquisition of smart management fundamentals. Graduates gain skills and experiences to lead the transformation to a sustainable global society, environment and economy. For more information, contact Professor of Science and Technology Gaytha Langlois, Ph.D.

From geothermal to renewable energy credits and high-tech efficiency, we have made significant strides in curbing campus energy consumption. We constantly seek new energy-saving measures to add to our efforts.

Our 435-acre Smithfield campus is mostly wetlands, but it does include 54 buildings with 1.38 million square feet of conditioned space. We plan to develop a campus-wide green building study and increase our use of green cleaning products and organic fertilizers.

Food, athletics, gym use, health care – each is a component of campus health and wellness initiatives. Our NCAA Division 1 athletic teams, club sports, and popular intramural program illustrate the importance the Bryant community places on exercise and athletic excellence. Sustainability is becoming evermore present with goals to increase use of local food and fairly traded produce.

From RIPTA buses to car-sharing services and electric vehicle charging stations on campus, sustainability within our transportation options is rising. We hope to reduce fuel use by 10 percent from a 2010 baseline by 2020, and increase ride-sharing by 10 percent from a 2010 baseline by 2020.

Our waste reduction and recycling goals include curbing waste in the dining halls, proper disposal of electronics, instituting behavior change programs in the residence halls, and managing discarded materials from move-out at the end of the academic year.

We use more than 65 million gallons of water every year in campus buildings and to maintain grounds. Strategies for reducing water use range from fixing leaks and installing efficient appliances to efficient landscaping and behavioral change. The goal of the 2013 Sustainability Plan is to cut campus water use by 10 percent by 2020.

Student groups as well as faculty, staff and administrator involvement demonstrate and drive community engagement. The Chafee Center for International Business, the Executive Development Center, and the U.S.-China Institute promote our core mission and engage local and global communities.

Bryant organizations

  • Bryant Environmental Society; contact Gaytha Langlois, Ph.D., professor, Department of Science and Technology
  • Sustain Us, a student club that promotes sustainability on and off campus through events, outreach, and collaborations
  • The Community Activism and Leadership Organization (CALO) focuses on directing student effort toward social good. The Green Initiative focuses on finding sustainable solutions to environmental challenges and opportunities on campus and in the surrounding community

Academic and research opportunities

  • Departments with faculty engaged in sustainability research: Science and Technology, Marketing, History and Social Sciences, and Economics
  • Immersive programs. Past programs have included traveling to a Swedish university to conduct studies focusing on economic and technological climate change issues; coral reef studies in Australia.
  • An annual outdoor field study, sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology and supported by a NASA grant, takes students to environmentally significant locations in the United States. Past sites include redwood forests on the California coast and fossil sites in Idaho.
  • Student internships with a variety of NGO and governmental organizations, including Save the Bay, Apeiron Institute, and Nature Conservancy

SustainUs is a vibrant student organization focused on sustainability issues, from raising awareness to changing the way we interact with our campus and the global community.

Follow SustainUs on Instagram.

Our thanks to Sodexo Dining Services for funding our Sustainability Communications Internship and for supporting many of our events. Sodexo promotes sustainable practices throughout Bryant’s dining services, from purchasing local, seasonal produce to providing food scraps to local farmers.