Published 09/04/12

University receives STARS bronze rating for sustainability efforts

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University has received a STARS bronze rating for its achievements in sustainability from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.  

STARS – the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System – is a reporting tool that provides a comprehensive set of metrics that track and encourage sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

Sustainability has long been a central value at Bryant University, in particular in the areas of energy efficiency and human equity. Within the past several years, sustainability momentum has grown exponentially across campus in a number of ways, including the addition of courses and research on sustainability issues, peer-to-peer outreach, initiatives to reduce cross-campus energy consumption, and various waste management programs.

In early 2012, Bryant began working with EcoMotion, a consulting firm that helps clients identify opportunities for sustainable action in the areas of facilities, policy and community. The collaboration led to the STARS submission that earned Bryant a bronze with a score of 36.05.

The STARS program is open to all institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Canada, and the criteria that determine a STARS rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Bryant is one of 53 schools to achieve the STARS bronze rating; a total of 213 institutions are rated.

Bryant’s STARS scorecard is online. It is using its STARS report to launch additional actions and collaborations and is more than halfway toward a silver rating.

“We are very proud to have achieved a STARS rating for our sustainability accomplishments. We look forward to watching our sustainability efforts grow and improve through the STARS program,” said Barry Morrison, the University’s vice president for business affairs.

“Working with Bryant to earn the bronze rating has been an absolute pleasure,” said Sierra Flanigan, campus sustainability coordinator at EcoMotion. “We look forward to an ongoing partnership with the Bryant community and to continued leadership in this unfolding field of campus sustainability.”

STARS, created by AASHE and the higher education community, is designed to:

  • provide an outline for understanding sustainability in all sectors of higher education;
  • enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community;
  • create incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability;
  • facilitate information sharing about higher education sustainability practices and performance;
  • build a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community.