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

The Office of Sustainability was created in 2008 just after President Rozanski signed the American College and University President’s Climate commitment. This timeline offers a glance at our journey to the present day:

Welcome back Broncs, and good luck with the Spring 2017 semester! While getting back into the swing of the school year, be sure to look out for sustainability events on campus!

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Recyclemania is an eight week competition in which Rider competes with schools nationwide to accomplish the goal of improving recycling and reuse behavior around campus. This competition encourages students to develop new habits over the course of eight weeks which they can then apply to their every-day life. A new component has been added to the competition this year which allows students, faculty, and staff to tweet, text, or upload a photo or status update of them practicing a green behavior and earn a point for their school. Check out our Recyclemania Competition page for more information.

Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a “green holiday” raising awareness for climate change and is celebrated world-wide! Earth Hour will be celebrated this year on Saturday, March 25th and encourages everyone to power down and unplug for one hour (8:30-9:30 PM). In previous years, the Office of Sustainability has held an energy free event to celebrate with students, so be sure to stay tuned to see what fantastic activities we have planned for this year’s event.  For more on this global event, click here:  Earth Hour 2017

Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22 as a day to bring awareness to environmental change. 2017 will mark the 47th year of Earth Day celebrations which began in 1970 at the start of the modern environmental movement. The Office of Sustainability holds an exciting event each year packed full of fun games, educational material, non-profit organizations, and more. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event, coming soon!  Information about Earth Day can be found here.

Green Team

The Green Team will be back for another semester 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 [email protected].


Students, Faculty and Staff 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!  Feel free to bring your own lunch too!


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!  What is Terracycle?


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 achieved the LEED certification level of Silver.  This brings our total to three new LEED building projects that have been LEED certified by the US Green Building Council.  West Village is LEED Silver and North Hall is LEED gold.  On the Lawrenceville campus, the Tri-Generation plant has also been built and not only provides 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 went “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

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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.  Rider’s efforts have been recognized the last seven years in a row in the Princeton Review as one of America’s top green colleges, and in 2016, Rider took part in a global survey and was ranked 224 in the UI GreenMetric World Ranking for Universities.

Any questions, comments or suggestions should be sent to [email protected].

Melissa Greenberg
LEED Green Associate; Sustainability Manager
General Services Bldg

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 instrume

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Graduate Assistant of Sustainability

Broncs Go Green
Energy and Sustainability Steering Committee