Smithfield, RI (PRWEB) September 07, 2012
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.