Sustainability supports Bryant's global vision, our commitment to business innovation, and the arts and sciences.
The rise of the green economy has the potential to affect our students and their careers. Sustainability on campus equips our students with skills and tools needed to compete and participate in this economy while providing opportunities for community involvement and learning.
We are a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Our sustainability efforts have earned the University a silver rating from AASHE's Sustainability Tracking and Rating System.
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.
And, if you are interested in connecting with like-minded members of the Bryant community, please review the area headlined People and Resources.
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. The committee is facilitated by Coalesce, a company with more than 30 years of experience developing sustainability initiatives for campuses, cities and corporate communities.
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.
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 22 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 by10 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.
This 25-member committee of faculty, administrators, staff, and students is charged with guiding Bryant's sustainability efforts. It welcomes proposals from members of the Bryant community.
Gaytha Langlois, Ph.D., professor, Department of Science and Technology
John Ruppert, deputy director, Athletics
A team of advisors from Coalesce assists the University with sustainability coordination.
Bryant Enactus' Green Team
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
Sustainability Ambassadors, a student leadership program run by Coalesce that meets weekly
Academic and research opportunities
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. Recent sites include redwood forests on the California coast and fossil sites in Idaho.