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:

We look forward to another successful year in 2015-2016. Check back often for updates and upcoming events.

Looking for Green Ambassadors!

Rider Faculty & Staff are invited to a lunch & learn event on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Daly Mercer Room.
Limited seating is available so please RSVP to Melissa Greenberg at megreenberg@rider.edu.

Since 2007, Sustainability efforts at Rider have evolved and include everything from LEED buildings to sustainability education.  This lunch & learn is an opportunity to share information about Rider’s initiatives as well as on going plans to Faculty & Staff that aren’t already involved with the Energy & Sustainability Steering Committee (ESSC).  The more people in our Rider community that are aware of our efforts, the more active various departments can become in helping Rider achieve its sustainability goals.

The Office of Sustainability is looking to empower people all over our campuses to work as a division of the ESSC to evaluate their work areas and help make improvements and spread awareness that equate to lowering our carbon footprint.

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 broncsgogreen@rider.edu.

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

Stephanie Eppolito
Graduate Assistant for Sustainability

Stephanie Eppolito joined the Office of Sustainability in 2010 as an Eco-Rep.  As the Graduate Assistant for Sustainability, she now supervises the team of Eco-Reps as well as serves on the Environmental Sustainability Steering Committee.