Sustainability at Rider

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

The Office of Sustainability had a successful year filled with many successful events and activities. Some of our proud accomplishments this year include our annual Earth Day and Campus Sustainability Day festivals, Bill Nye speaking event, Environmental Sustainability Symposium for high school students and much more! We look forward to another successful year in 2015-2016. Check back often for updates and upcoming events.

Community Recycling Move Out Clothing Drive
You may have already seen the big donation boxes in your residence hall. Each year Rider partners with Community Recycling to collect any unwanted clothing, shoes and accessories and the items are then recycled or reused. The boxes will remain in residence halls for you to donate items through move out. If you live off campus or don’t have a donation box in your residence hall, there are also two permanent boxes to drop off your donations. They are located outside Olson Residence Hall and West Village Residence Hall.

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