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

The Office of Sustainability was created in 2008 just after President Rozanski signed the American College and University President’s Climate commitment. This timeline offers a glance at our journey to the present day:

April 2016 Earth Month Events

Earth Day Festival
Thursday, April 21st 11 Am to 1 PM on the Cranberry’s Patio (SRC Atrium if rain)
Earth Day celebrations are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. This year, join the Eco-Reps along with the Energy and Sustainability Steering Committee in an outdoor event honoring this special day. Stop by at Rider’s Earth Day party for some fun-filled activities, including music, games and giveaways.


Earth Day Comedian; Peterson Toscano, “A queer response to climate change”.  
Thursday, April 21st at 9 PM in the Pub (Performer takes the stage at 9:30 PM)
As an end to the Earth Day festivities, this year the Office of Sustainability is adding a twist to its keynote speaker. A comedian, Peterson Toscano is a quirky, queer, Quaker, performance artist and scholar. He will take the pub stage to playfully explore the serious worlds of gender, religion, and climate change in no other than a comical act. For more info about him, you can check out his website.

Arbor Day
Friday, April 29th (Time and location TBD)

This environmental holiday is celebrated nationally to get groups of people to come together and celebrate the importance of trees. Essential to both humans and nature, we will be exploring this importance with an outdoor viewing of “The Lorax”.  Specifics to be determined at a later date so keep a lookout for campus-wide advertising of the event.

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.

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Melissa Greenberg
LEED Green Associate; Sustainability Manager
General Services Bldg

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 instrume

Jillian Spratt
Graduate Assistant of Sustainability