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Report Card 2010

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Rider University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Courtesy of Rider University

School details:

Endowment: $57 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Enrollment: 4,222


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


  An application was submitted by Melissa Greenberg to have this school evaluated in the College Sustainability Report Card 2010. A contribution was made to cover the cost of inclusion.   Learn more  about how a school can apply for inclusion.  


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

Overall grade  
Rider University employs a full-time sustainability coordination manager, and a sustainability office was created in 2008. The Energy and Sustainability Steering Committee meets monthly to help coordinate sustainability efforts on campus. President Rozanski has signed the Presidents' Climate Commitment.
The university has completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and has conducted HVAC audits in two buildings. Rider purchases 35 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.
Rider spends 22 percent its annual food budget on local items and purchases cage-free eggs, fair trade-certified coffee, and sustainably harvested seafood. Dining facilities have eliminated Styrofoam containers and are completely trayless. A food waste audit was conducted in spring 2009. All cooking oil is recycled to produce biodiesel fuel, and the university composts or mulches 100 percent of its landscaping waste.
Two newly completed student residences are expected to achieve LEED Silver certification. In these recent construction projects, 90 to 95 percent of nonhazardous waste was diverted from the landfill. The university has installed occupancy sensors in the new residence halls and student recreation center, low-flow showerheads in a sorority house and a gym locker room, and efficient washers and dryers in the suites of the new residence halls. These items have become the new standard for all future projects.
Students are members and active participants on the university's Energy and Sustainability Steering Committee. The student group Sustainable Rider works to heighten awareness of environmental issues on campus. The organization Greeks Go Green works to make the Greek community more environmentally friendly. The university also hires seven student Eco-Reps to educate their peers and other community members.
Rider's campus fleet includes hybrid and electric vehicles. The university provides a free shuttle between its Lawrenceville and Princeton campuses and to local shopping and dining areas.
The university makes a list of external managers and investment holdings available only to trustees and senior administrators. The university does not make the shareholder voting record of its mutual funds public.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds or similar investment vehicles.
The university does not have the ability to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds.
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