Aramark is a food service provider, facilities management and professional uniform company that serves populations such as healthcare facilities, universities, schools, sports stadiums, and businesses. Aramark contributes to environmental responsibility by not only reducing their own carbon footprint, but by offering sustainable advice and choices to their clients. They address a variety of potential sustainable practices in areas such as food purchasing, supply chain, building operations, energy and water conservation, transportation, and waste management. Aramark participates in converting waste, such as food scraps and fryer oil, into fertilizers and fuels. Rider uses Aramark in their dining facilities on the Lawrenceville and Princeton campuses. Learn more about Aramark’s sustainability programs here.
C & W Services provides janitorial services to schools, offices, laboratories and more. Their 12,000 employees are trained in green cleaning practices. The GreenClean program utilizes cleaning products, tools, and training to create sustainable and healthy environments in educational, commercial and other public buildings. C &W recycling and waste management initiatives help increase recycling ratios and reduce landfill waste, minimizing environmental impacts and waste disposal costs. Rider University uses C&W janitorial services on both the Lawrenceville and Princeton campuses. Learn more about C&W’s green cleaning methods here.
Waste Management defines environmental performance as consuming less, emitting less, and achieving financial objectives. Consuming less is practiced by using less water, energy, and natural resources in their facilities. Emitting less is exemplified by lowering emissions from their vehicle fleets and buildings. To address these goals and ensure responsibility for each issue, waste management has developed the following teams: Environmental Protection, Groundwater Protection, Environmental Engineering, Air/Gas Management, and National Laboratory Services. A variety of systems and training opportunities are provided to track environmental responsibility and give employees proper understanding. To advance environmental practices, WM has created Think Green to develop renewable energy from trash and recycling. Waste Management serves the Rider Lawrenceville and Princeton campuses for their trash and recycling disposal needs. Learn more about Waste Management’s sustainability policies here.
Waste Oil Recyclers is a business located in Pennsylvania that provides proper disposal of waste oil from restaurants, schools, and other food service facilities. Oil is collected from facilities and turned into a biodiesel fuel for uses such as powering homes and running “grease” cars. By repurposing waste oil into the creation of biodiesel, the need for petroleum is eliminated. Rider’s food service provider, Aramark, assists in the collection of waste oil, which is then picked up by Waste Oil Recyclers. Their 5,000 square foot plant is used to convert the oil into fuel which is then sold. Both campuses, Lawrenceville and Princeton, are pick-up locations for Waste Oil Recyclers.
Sustainable Lawrence is a volunteer group of residents, businesses, congregations, and organizations in Lawrence committed to instilling sustainable practices in their community. They define a sustainable community as “a community in which the present needs of all of its citizens are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” Sustainable Lawrence encourages residents to adopt sustainable practices in their everyday lives to decrease dependency on fossil fuels and harmful chemicals, minimize the intrusion of wildlife, and live efficiently. One method they’ve adopted to encourage involvement, is by developing task forces to approach each issue individually. In addition, various recycling opportunities, workshops, and sustainable tips are offered to residents. Rider University is a Sustainable Lawrence partner. Check out the website here.
Sustainable Jersey is a program offered to municipalities in New Jersey, giving them the opportunity to become a certified Sustainable Jersey town. The organization suggests programs that municipalities can implement to become certified. Tools and guidance offered through Sustainable Jersey give simple solutions to take a step in the environmental direction. In addition, they provide opportunities for grants and fundraising options for funding sustainable projects and initiatives. Other offers presented to municipalities include events and trainings. In order for a municipality to become certified, they must complete a list of point awarded items including: creating a green team, hosting training programs, taking a carbon footprint of your township, etc. Rider University is a member of a Sustainable Jersey community. See the website here.
ACUPCC In 2007, Rider’s President Rozanski signed the President’s Climate Commitment with a goal to make Rider carbon neutral by 2050. The ACUPCC, American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, was developed in 2007 to encourage colleges across the country to adopt more sustainable efforts. ACUPCC institutions have signed the climate commitment agreeing to: complete an emissions inventory, set a target date for becoming carbon neutral, take immediate steps to reduce emissions, integrate sustainability into the curriculum, and make the plan of action public. The organization ensures that institutions have the opportunities and resources available to accept the commitment of becoming carbon neutral. Rider University adopted a Carbon Neutrality Plan and continues to update ACUPCC on their efforts. See Rider’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Carbon Neutrality Plan by clicking here.
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. and Canada 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
NJHEPS (New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability) was founded to encourage higher education institutions to practice sustainable efforts. Their aim in doing so is to reach administrators, facilities professionals, faculty and students. The goals of NJHEPS are: facilitating communication between members, develop understanding of sustainability, promote partnerships for advancing sustainability, and increase capacity for the practice of sustainability. In order to assist NJHEPS members, they offer sponsorship, guidance, and tools for the transition to sustainable living. By partnering with colleges and universities across the state, NJHEPS acts as a lesion between them, transferring sustainable ideas and suggestions to advance practices. Rider University is a NJHEPS member.
SCUP (Society for College and University Planning) aims to help higher education institutions plan for success in a variety of areas, one of which being sustainability. SCUP partners with AASHE and HEASC (Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium ) to develop strategic plans for partner institutions to efficiently adopt sustainable practices. In addition, SCUP supports HESA (Higher Education Sustainability Act) and Carbonfund.org, and provides professional development programming on sustainability. SCUP conferences have not only provides means for members to be more sustainable, but have taken sustainable measures themselves with less paper promotional waste and holding conference in a sustainable city. Rider University is a SCUP member.
AICUNJ (Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in New Jersey) is an organization connecting independent higher education in the state to further advance their success.
Climate Central is an independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the American public. This organization’s scientists publish and the journalists report on climate science, energy, sea level rise, wildfires, drought, and related topics. Climate Central is not an advocacy organization but a sustainability news provider to increase and improve awareness of environmental issues through research, media, and communication.
Sierra Club is a national, member-supported environmental organization, which seeks to influence public policy in both Washington and the state capitals through public education and grass-roots political action. The Sierra Club has about 20,000 dedicated members, the New Jersey chapter being the 10th largest in the United States.
Powershift is a grassroots-driven community looking to empower and serve as a hub for the youth climate movement. Over 100,000 students gather at Power Shift to build a strong and vibrant movement against issues such as fracking, divesting from fossil fuels, demanding climate justice and building a clean energy economy. The Rider Eco-Reps have attended two Power Shifts in the past.
Resident advisors are undergraduates who are responsible for a number of students that live in residence halls on campus. He/she assists in the social, educational, cultural and community development of students in the residence halls and Greek houses. The RA/HM serves as a communicator, listener, and initiator of activities, resource person, limit-setter, administrator and friend. Eco-Reps work with Resident Advisors and Resident Directors to spread awareness about sustainability on campus to residents.
Google.com is working on creating a better web that is better for the environment. By greening their company, using resources efficiently and supporting renewable power, they have allowed users of their products to be more sustainable. Over $1 billion is committed to renewable energy by Google, and using their data centers use 50% less energy than any other data center.