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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:

Check back in the fall for an update for our fall event list. The office of Sustainability hopes you have a great summer. See our list below of sustainable activities you can do this summer!

Activities for an eco-friendly summer

  • Hiking: Get some fresh air with the family or your friends. Just be sure to stick to the paths and be sure not to leave any trash behind.
  • Gardening: Plant some of your favorite flowers or veggies to enjoy for the summer. Try and be sure the flowers or landscaping plants you choose are native to the area.
  • Visit a local farm: Support your local farmers by visiting their food stands. Some farms even have petting zoos, pick your own orchards, or other fun activities to partake in.
  • Make some nature art: Get inspired and uses things you find in nature to create something. You can paint a bird house, make a pinecone birdfeeder or press some flower petals. Just be sure that any leaves, flowers, seeds or twigs you take came from the ground and not off the plants.
  • Have a picnic: get outside to enjoy nature and food with some friends or family. Again be sure not to leave any trash behind.
  • Volunteer: Volunteer your free time with a helpful organization of your choice to help others and the planet!

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.

Download the Bronc's Green Guide (pdf)


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 [email protected].

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