Rider University is an active and engaged participant in the Lawrenceville and Princeton communities, and supports the work of Sustainable Lawrence, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making our town a vibrant "ecomunicipality". We are members of the NJ Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability and the American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education.
We are working with our external vendors, like Aramark, our food service provider and Sterling Planet, from whom we purchased 15% of our energy in 2008-2009 and Clean Currents, from whom we are purchasing 35% of our energy for 2 years, 2009-2011, in the form of Renewable Energy Credits to limit our carbon footprint. We also purchase Energy Star products and encourage individual departments to consider sustainability in their office products. Wherever possible, we try to adhere to US Green Building Council LEED standards in construction.
We completed our first greenhouse gas emissions inventory in the fall of 2008 through a calculator provided by Clean Air-Cool Planet. You can do the same thing by calculating your carbon footprint using a calculator provided by the EPA.
Currently, we are working on a Carbon Neutrality Plan that is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2010.
How can you reduce your environmental impact? Learn more about being green. Find food produced and sold locally, starting with the Trenton Farmer's Market, the Lawrenceville Farmer's Market and the Honey Brook Organic CSA. Ride a bike instead of driving, sign up for clean power from PSE&G, or go for a nature walk.