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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 Renewable Choice Energy, from whom we purchase offsets in the form of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) 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 (USGBC) LEED standards in construction.
We regularly complete a greenhouse gas emissions inventory through a calculator provided by Clean Air-Cool Planet. This information allows us to identify areas for improvement and monitor our progress. You can do the same thing by calculating your carbon footprint using a calculator provided by the EPA.
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.
Accredited Schools Online has just put together a brand new guide to Going Green at School. This resource provides various insight and information on the many ways colleges are becoming more sustainable as well as the importance. Some of the techniques outlined include colleges performing research, increasing curricula, selecting greener energy options, encouraging car-pooling and decreasing waste headed to the landfill. Furthermore, this webpage includes the physical, mental and environmental benefits of adopting a sustainable lifestyle. In addition, comprehensive lists of sustainable fun-facts and tips for going green are included.