Sustainability at Rider

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

Welcome back Broncs, and good luck with the Fall 2014 semester! While getting back into the swing of the school year, be sure to look out for sustainability events on campus! 

Green Team
The Green Team will be back for another year of fun programs and sustainable volunteerism. Students who join the club get to work closely with the Eco Reps in our efforts to go green as a campus community. Last year, members helped out at events such as Dorm Storms, the Earth Day Festival, and Campus Sustainability Day. If you or a friend are looking to be more involved at Rider, and have an interest in the environment, then this is the perfect opportunity for you! To find out more information and get updates on club happenings, contact the Team at broncsgogreen@rider.edu.

ESSC
Students looking to become more involved in Rider’s environmental movement are also welcome to join the Energy and Sustainability Steering Committee! This group is made up of representatives from the student body, faculty, and staff. Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday from 12pm to 1pm in the SRC Shapiro Board Room. Be sure to come by and bring your ideas about greening campus!

Terracycle
Remember to recycle your empty toiletry containers in the convenient, green Terracycle Bath & Beauty Brigade buckets, found in every men’s and women’s residence hall bathroom. Those empty shampoo and shaving cream containers could soon be reborn as a bench or fence in a beautiful park nearby!

Techno-Trash
There are also larger buckets in every dorm trash room waiting for your Techno-Trash. Now you know where to take those old CDs, chargers, dead cell phones and other small electronic items!  Rider is working hard to keep your thrown away items out of landfills and repurposed whenever possible.

LEED Buildings and Other News
On the Princeton Campus, the Marion Buckelew Cullen Center and Hillman Performance Hall construction has been completed, and was designed to meet a minimum LEED certification level of Silver.  On the Lawrenceville campus, the Tri-Generation plant has also been built and will not only provide green energy for electricity, heating and cooling- it will also reduce Rider’s CO2 emissions in order to lessen our environmental impact.

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

Keep tuning in 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. 

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
Sustainability Manager
Office: General Services Bldg
Phone: (609) 896-5000 x7559
Email: megreenberg@rider.edu
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
Email: lynchc@rider.edu
Mailing Address: 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648