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Report Card 2011

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Rider University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Courtesy of Rider University

School details:

  Grade higher than last year


Endowment: $50 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey


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 2011 . A contribution was made to cover the cost of inclusion.  Learn more about how a school can apply for inclusion.  


Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.


Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

Overall grade  
B -
Rider University incorporates sustainability throughout its curriculum and operations, and finalized its first climate action plan in January 2010. The Energy and Sustainability Steering Committee has implemented sustainability programs, such as a green film series, and provides reusable BPA-free water bottles to students at fall events. The university employs a full-time sustainability coordinator and a part-time graduate assistant for sustainability.
The university is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, and aims for an 80 percent reduction below 2006 levels by 2050. Rider has a two-year contract to purchase renewable energy credits equivalent to 35 percent of campus electricity needs. To reduce energy use, the university has installed energy management systems, efficient lighting, occupancy sensors, electric metering, and steam line insulation.
Rider spends 15 percent of its food budget on local items. The university purchases cage-free eggs, fair trade coffee, and sustainably harvested seafood. All preconsumer, and 25 percent of postconsumer, food scraps are composted. Since 2008, dining facilities have been trayless, and dining services recently completed a food waste audit. The university runs a move-out waste reduction program and recycles electronics in addition to traditional materials.
All new construction at Rider must meet at least LEED Silver standards, and in March 2010, the university opened two new LEED Silver-certified residence halls. Rider has installed permeable pavement for better stormwater management and utilizes low-flow faucets and showerheads to conserve water. Last year, 75 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills.
Students are actively involved in the university's Energy and Sustainability Steering Committee. There are eight environmentally focused student organizations on campus that work on a wide variety of sustainability initiatives. During ReycleMania 2010, Rider's students recycled 295 percent more than the previous year.
Rider runs a shuttle between the Lawrence and Princeton campuses and has an additional shuttle that takes students to local shopping and dining in the area. Sixteen percent of students commute via environmentally preferable means, and the center of campus is closed to vehicular traffic. The university's fleet includes seven electric vehicles.
The university makes a list of asset allocation and external managers, as well as mutual fund, hedge fund, private equity, venture capital, natural resource, and cash holdings, available to trustees and senior administrators. This information sent upon request.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The university is unable to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles.
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