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.
Unicco provides janitorial services to companies, healthcare facilities, and schools with a network of employees. These employees are trained in advanced practices such as the UGL Services GreenClean program. The GreenClean program recognizes the importance of sustainable practices, not only to benefit the environment, but for the health of employees and customers. As part of their green initiatives, Unicco joined the USGBC, United States Green Building Council to promote LEED certification for Unicco buildings and practices. Partnering with Green Seal, Unicco strives to use the greenest products available on the market. Equipment, training, and waste management have all been addressed by Unicco GreenClean initiatives. Rider University uses Unicco janitorial services on both the Lawrenceville and Princeton campuses. Learn more about UGL Unicco’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.
Wilmington Organics Recycling
Located in Wilmington, Delaware, and serving areas in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, Wilmington Organics Recycling turns commercial food waste and yard waste into soil compost. Over 160,000 tons of waste is sent to Wilmington Organics to be composted each year. By diverting this waste landfills avoid being filled faster and can accept more, non-organic trash. In addition, composting significantly reduces methane, a greenhouse gas that landfills produce, and restores soil. This state-of-the-art facility has been accepting both of the Rider Lawrenceville and Westminster campus’ waste for the last couple years. Look at the website here.
Waste Oil Recyclers
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.
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)
AASHE 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)
NJHEPS 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)
SCUP 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)
AICUNJ is an organization connecting independent higher education in the state to further advance their success.