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Report Card 2011

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Bryant University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Bryant University

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Endowment: $135 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Smithfield, Rhode Island


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.


Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

Overall grade  
C +
Bryant University has a purchasing policy that mandates procurement of some Energy Star appliances, Green Seal-certified paper towels, and some Green Seal-certified cleaning product dispensers. The Bryant Sustainability Council has developed an environmental science major and is developing further programs to foster campus sustainability.
The university has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and has maintained a near constant emissions level since 2005 despite a 10 percent growth in the campus footprint. To manage energy use, Bryant uses an energy management system and has installed economizers, lighting sensors, and energy-efficient lighting. The university generates 4 percent of campus energy needs with a geothermal system.
The university spends 20 percent of its annual food budget on local products, including vegetables, fruit, milk, and seafood. All milk and 25 percent of beef served on campus is hormone and antibiotic free. Sustainability guidelines inform seafood purchases at Bryant, and the university purchases some fair trade coffee. During winter months, leftover meals are donated to a local shelter. The campus recycles all standard materials as well as many electronics, and printing is limited to reduce paper use.
All incandescent lights have been replaced with more efficient fixtures, and occupancy sensors have been installed. Bryant has replaced 25 percent of campus windows with low-emissivity glass, which reduces the need for cooling within buildings. All dorms are equipped with low-flow showerheads and some feature water-saving toilets.
Senate and Students in Free Enterprise at Bryant received a $40,000 grant from the university and purchased steel recycling bins to place outside, recycling bins for each hall of freshmen dorms, and paper recycling bins for every faculty, staff, and administrator to place underneath their desk. New students are educated about campus sustainability efforts by residential assistants, and the campus participates in ReycleMania.
Bryant offers a free shuttle to local destinations in order to reduce the number of students who drive. The master plan calls for a pedestrian-friendly campus, with cars banned from the center of campus. Students also receive a 50 percent discount on local transit.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to trustees and senior administrators. The university does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds and community development loan funds. The university also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The university is unable to vote proxies for the majority of the endowment, which is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles. For eligible holdings, the university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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