Bryant receives STARS Silver rating for sustainability strides


By Bryant University Relations

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).

STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, is a reporting tool that monitors and tracks a comprehensive set of sustainability metrics in all aspects of University campus activities. Bryant University’s rating has increased from 47.58 to 51.7 points even as the STARS standards have become more rigorous with the release of its new version 2.0. The University is making progress toward its goal of achieving the STARS Gold rating of 65 points.

Sustainability at Bryant University has grown in the areas of resource efficiency, social equity and access, environmental stewardship, and education. Bryant continues to build momentum and strength through the dedicated work of organizations such as the Sustainability Committee and Student Sustainability Ambassadors program.  Bryant’s Sustainability Plan includes a range of campus-wide initiatives, such as Recyclemania and the Green Office Cleanout, that have generated enthusiasm, participation, and a shared sense of commitment to supporting sustainability and care for the environment. Bryant also participates in public partnerships including Green Drinks in Providence, RI, a group that organizes events and gatherings for environmentally-interested people from all walks of life.

“We are very proud to have earned a second STARS Silver rating from AASHE and are eager to achieve even greater heights as Bryant grows its influence and commitment to sustainability,” said Barry Morrison, Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer at Bryant University. Earning STARS Silver status reflects growing community efforts and achievements, including increasing number of sustainability courses in the curriculum, adding a new campus in Zhuhai, China, that squarely acknowledges the role of global trade and the environment, purchasing only EPEAT Gold certified desktops and laptops, diverting substantial waste, and completing a third edition of the University’s comprehensive Sustainability Plan.

Unlike other rating or ranking systems, STARS 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. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons, as well as comparisons with similar institutions.

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