Welcome to the webpage of the Energy and Sustainability Steering Committee (ESSC). Formed in Spring 2007, the steering committee's mission is to implement a balanced focus on sustainability throughout the Rider's operations within the framework of the University's Strategic Plan. Sustainability is a principle that guides the allocation of resources in a way that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We have developed an explicit mission statement and strategic plan to guide our decisions.
The President's signing of the College and University President's Climate Commitment has helped to frame our near-term tasks and provide us with some long term goals.
Each year this group develops programs and hosts activities on campus that support our sustainability mission. Some of these internal activities are initiated by the steering committee, some by task forces, and some by community members whose commitment is to be applauded and encouraged. Because sustainability is such an important and pressing global issue, there are a wide variety of external resources that support our initiatives on campus and may help you to find ways to live in a more sustainable way.
Finally if you have a great idea about how to involve more students in sustainability, develop academic programs, enhance interdisciplinary understanding of responses to the climate crisis, foster awareness of social responsibility related to sustainability or more effectively build Rider's resources for the future, please contact the committee by sending an email to Melissa Greenberg, Sustainability Manager at [email protected].