Sustainability at Rider

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

As winter ends and spring begins, progress is being made on both campuses.  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. 

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

Spring semester 2014 is filled with opportunities to get involved on campus. Join us in the upcoming weeks as we celebrate Earth Month with the following events:

  • Earth Day celebrations kick off this year with the annual festival, to be held at the campus mall on Tuesday, April 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m. The Office of Sustainability and Eco Reps invite you to join us in enjoying human powered rides, learning from sustainability organizations, and listening to The Bronc’s live broadcast. Also, be sure to come on out for local vendors and fun giveaways!
  • Continuing the events in recognition of Earth Day, join us that evening for keynote speaker, Tim DeChristopher.  He will be speaking about his land conservation efforts and peaceful activism at 7:00 p.m. in the BLC Theatre. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to bring your friends! Also, in advance of his appearance, the Green Film, Bidder 70 will be shown
  • Bidder 70 (73 minutes)
    Tuesday, April 8 & Wednesday, April 9, 2014 (7 p.m. in Sweigart 115)
    Tuesday, April 15, 2014 (11:30 a.m. in SRC Shapiro Board Room)
    The film will be followed by a brief discussion.
    For more information on Bidder 70, visit our Green Film Series page or click here.
    To see Tim DeChristopher on David Letterman, click here.

Other events going on this semester include Arbor Day in April and Don’t Trash it Recycle it in May.  Details for these events are in development.

JOIN OUR GREEN TEAM!!! You asked for it and we listened!  We have created a volunteer green team -Get involved and be part of our fun and educational events.  For more information about the Green Team, please email

We started the TerraCycle Beauty Brigade program in all residence halls last semester and sent cases of items for recycling. There are bright green buckets in every residence hall bathroom clearly labeled to collect all of your empty beauty and personal care product containers. They are upcycled and made into new products!  For more information about TerraCycle, click here.

Check out the Rider News for the Green Corner about various environmental topics and listen 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 four 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