Sustainability at Rider

Welcome to Rider University’s Broncs Go Green Web site.

As we come to the end of the spring semester and we are getting ready to graduate or go home for the summer, you should know that there are many items that the Office of Sustainability will take.

Don’t Trash it, Recycle it partnership with Community Recycling
Please place your unwanted clothes, bedding, shoes and other related items into the large clearly marked boxes placed in your dorm lobby.  Our partner, Community Recycling will put your used clothing to good use by helping people, many people in need.  Each of the boxes will have signs that identify what Community Recycling can and cannot take.   Essentially all pants, dresses, wallets, belts, undergarments, socks,  ties, scarves, shirts, sweaters, light weight coats, linens, towels, and all women’s , men’s and children’s shoes. “Don’t trash it, Recycle it” is underway for the next two weeks until Graduation. So please consider giving it away and NOT throwing it away before you leave campus!!

Remember to recycle your shower and bath empty containers too in the convenient Terracycle  Bath &Beauty Brigade green buckets found in every men’s and women’s dorm bathroom on campus.  Those empty shampoo and shave cream containers could soon be reborn as a bench or fence in a beautiful park nearby!

There are also larger buckets in every dorm trash room to waiting for your Techno-Trash . Now you know where to take that old monitor or dead cell phone!  Rider is working hard to keep your throw-away items out of landfills and repurposed whenever possible.

On the Princeton Campus, the Marion Buckelew Cullen Center and Hillman Performance Hall is has been designed and is being constructed to meet a minimum of LEED Silver.  On the Lawrenceville campus, the Tri-Generation plant is coming together and will not only provide green energy for electricity, heating and cooling, it will also reduce Rider’s CO2 emissions, lessening our environmental impact.  Keep an eye on Rider’s website to follow the progress of these two exciting projects!

The Rider Magazine has gone “green” with its spring, 2014 issue!  View the online publication here and read about Rider’s “green” initiatives.

Keep tuning in to The Bronc 107.7 on Saturdays at 10 a.m. for the weekly radio show, “Sustainable You.”.  Download the Broncs Radio app now!!! It’s free and it will keep you informed of all events on campus.  Read our past Green Corner articles on the Rider News Green Blog.

Averting a climate crisis will inevitably involve changes to long-ingrained habits. But which habits are the most pressing to change? Understanding the fundamental economic, ecological and social dimensions of climate change is important for every 21st century citizen.

AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations. AASHE is an association of colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada and overseas, working to create a sustainable future. It was founded in 2006 with a mission to promote sustainability in all sectors of higher education - from governance and operations to curriculum and outreach - through education, communication, research and professional development.

Rider University is an AASHE partner member.  As an active member of AASHE, Rider University understands the important role that we must play in not only reducing Rider’s impact on the environment, but also educating the members of our community about sustainability. Since signing the President’s Climate Commitment in 2007, Rider has been strongly dedicated to doing just that in an effort to create a better future and more sustainable lifestyle, which earned Rider a B- on The College Sustainability Report Card for 2011. Rider’s efforts have been recognized the last five years in a row in the Princeton Review as one of America’s top green colleges.

Any questions, comments or suggestions should be sent to

Melissa Greenberg
Sustainability Manager
Office: General Services Bldg
Phone: (609) 896-5000 x7559
Mailing Address: 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
View the Broncs Go Green website

Melissa Greenberg joined the staff at Rider University in 2008.  As the Sustainability Manager, she is responsible for developing and leading a coherent, campus wide sustainability program, coordinate academic, facilities and student sustainability activities and assessing cost and sustainability effects.   She works with various divisions, departments and student groups along with the ESSC to implement projects and plan for the future within the context of the university strategic plan.  Since she started working at Rider, Melissa has been instrumental in starting such programs as the green film and speaker series, food waste recycling, student Eco-Reps, techno-trash recycling and initiating a solar project on the Lawrenceville Campus among many other initiatives.

Christine Lynch
Graduate Assistant
Mailing Address: 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648