Sustainability at Rider

Welcome to Rider University’s Broncs Go Green Web site. 
Coming in the next couple of months…

Earth Hour
Earth Hour is a “green holiday” raising awareness for climate change and is celebrated world-wide! Earth Hour will be celebrated this year on Saturday, March 28th and encourages everyone to power down and unplug for one hour (8:30-9:30 PM). This year, the Office of Sustainability is hosting their annual Earth Hour event on Friday, March 27 on the Residence Hall Quad (rain location: Cavalla Room) from 8:00-10:00 PM. Come join us for some fun in the dark!

Earth Day
Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22 as a day to bring awareness to environmental change. 2015 will mark the 45th year of Earth Day celebrations which began in 1970 at the start of the modern environmental movement. The Office of Sustainability holds an exciting event each year packed full of fun games, educational material, non-profit organizations, and more. This year, the Office of Sustainability will be holding their Earth Day event on Wednesday, April 22 on the Campus Mall (rain location: SRC lobby) from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Come join us for games, prizes, music and more!

Speaker: Bill Nye
The Office of Sustainability is excited to welcome Bill Nye “the science guy” on Thursday, April 23. Bill Nye is most well-known for his television series surrounding a variety of science related topics, “Bill Nye the Science Guy” on PBS. More recently, Bill Nye has been making appearances on popular media to speak about various current science topics, including climate change. Tickets to see Bill Nye at Rider will be available beginning Monday, March 30 on a first come, first served basis. You must bring a valid Rider I.D. to the BLC Box Office, Monday-Friday from 1:00-4:00 PM to receive your ticket.  This event is FREE and is not open to the public.



Environmental Sustainability Symposium for High School Students
On Thursday, April 30th, Rider University will host its first Environmental Sustainability Symposium for high school students in New Jersey. A variety of topics including climate change, urban sustainability, communication and the media, and green business will all be covered, giving students a wide range of information. Students will also be participating in the campus green tour and will enjoy a zero-waste lunch.

Green Team
The Green Team will be back for another semester of fun programs and sustainable volunteerism. Students who join the club get to work closely with the Eco Reps in our efforts to go green as a campus community. Last year, members helped out at events such as Dorm Storms, the Earth Day Festival, and Campus Sustainability Day. If you or a friend are looking to be more involved at Rider, and have an interest in the environment, then this is the perfect opportunity for you! To find out more information and get updates on club happenings, contact the Team at

Students, Faculty and Staff looking to become more involved in Rider’s environmental movement are also welcome to join the Energy and Sustainability Steering Committee! This group is made up of representatives from the student body, faculty, and staff. Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday from 12pm to 1pm in the SRC Shapiro Board Room. Be sure to come by and bring your ideas about greening campus!  Feel free to bring your own lunch too!

Remember to recycle your empty toiletry containers in the convenient, green Terracycle Bath & Beauty Brigade buckets, found in every men’s and women’s residence hall bathroom. Those empty shampoo and shaving 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 waiting for your Techno-Trash. Now you know where to take those old CDs, chargers, dead cell phones and other small electronic items!  Rider is working hard to keep your thrown away items out of landfills and repurposed whenever possible.

LEED Buildings and Other News
On the Princeton Campus, the Marion Buckelew Cullen Center and Hillman Performance Hall construction has been completed, and was designed to meet a minimum LEED certification level of Silver.  On the Lawrenceville campus, the Tri-Generation plant has also been built and not only provides green energy for electricity, heating and cooling- it will also reduce Rider’s CO2 emissions in order to lessen our environmental impact.

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. 

Green to the Core
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.

Stephanie Eppolito
Graduate Assistant for Sustainability
Mailing Address: 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648