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NJ Transit: The Greener Way to Go!

Attention NJ TRANSIT Commuters:
NJIT is easily accessible by train, Newark Light Rail and bus.  We continue to work with NJ Transit to encourage the use of public transportation, including providing access to student monthly pass discounts through NJIT Highlander Pipeline ( and the Campus Center, and by promoting “Free Ride Week” each semester.  Schedules and maps of the NJ Transit system are displayed and available in the Campus Center lobby or at  

Students ride NJ TRANSIT FREE!!
NJ TRANSIT offers college and post-secondary students the opportunity to ride their system bus, rail, and light rail for free for an entire week in September and January! All you need is your student ID and a Free Ride Coupon.  Check out the NJ TRANSIT website for the coupon at for the coupon!

NJ TRANSIT Student Discount
Benefits of our partnership include assistance with creating on-campus information centers, outreach to promote student awareness of NJ TRANSIT options, and an online student monthly pass (available for bus, rail, or light rail) that is discounted at 25% off.

Pick up an application from NJ Transit, fill it out and stop by the Campus Center Information Desk to have it validated for you.  You must be a full time student of NJIT.

QUIK-TIK Program
The Quik-Tik program as it operates currently, will be retired as of August 2009. The final pass current customers will receive via the Quik-Tik process will be their August pass. Please be aware that no new student accounts can be opened online at this time. Details on a new process are coming soon.

For further information visit Commuter Assistance & Resource Services.

Car Pooling

The Campus Center will be instituting a car pool / ride share board with our Commuter Assistance Resource Services (CARS) in Fall 2009.  We will be promoting Governor Corzine’s program which offers incentives for those that car pool.  For more information visit the Campus Center and check out

Campus Less Cluttered

The Campus Center has been reducing the use of paper advertisements and promoting the use of electronic media such as Facebook, web pages, emails, bulletins, Pipeline and printing large re-useable posters to reduce the number of smaller paper flyers.  The Campus Center also uses recycled paper and recycles paper and cardboard.

Gourmet Dining Services

Coffee Discount
Students who buy a Gourmet Dining Services logo mug or use one of their own receive a discount on coffee.

New Dining Options
Gourmet Dining Services offers an organic steamed vegetables station in the Anytime Dining area.

The dining facilities went “tray-less” in Fall 2008 resulting in less food being wasted, in addition to reduced energy, water and detergent being used to wash the trays. 

For further information visit On-Campus Dining.

Energy Reduction

Our Campus Center uses solar panels with PV cells that convert sunlight to electricity.  On the Campus Center third floor is a kiosk that shows on a computer screen how much energy and greenhouse gases are saved.  Since the solar panels were installed, NJIT has saved enough energy to power 510 homes a day, as well as accumulating enough energy to make 500,000 cups of coffee. Live solar panel information is available at

Solar panels are also helping to reduce waste in the air.  NJIT so far has prevented 68 pounds of nitrogen oxides and over 200,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from going off into the air.  Solar panels help to keep the university’s energy costs down as well as preserving the air.


Donna Minnich Spuhler created a brochure “Best Sustainable Practices Guide for Events” for the Campus Center in October 2008.  The brochure is given out during the room reservation process and is available in the Campus Center office.

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Computer Reuse/Recycling Program

NJIT collects university computers and equipment for recycling.  The Campus Center has been working with students to create a computer recycling program in which used computers are refurbished and donated to local charities.  Those computers that are not useable are properly recycled.

Clothing Drive

NJIT has a history of collecting clothes for those in need. Donna Minnich Spuhler worked with the Residence Hall Association in April 2008 to create “Adora’s Closet” in which donated clothing was re-sold to raise funds for the National Wildlife Federation and unsold clothing was donated to local churches to help those in need. In addition, the Council of Commuting Students each winter runs “Coats for a Burger” in which used coats and outerwear are donated to local charities.  The Student Athletics Committee organized a used shoe drive for Soles 4 Souls and the Campus Center worked with student organized “Aid to West Africa” for clothing donations.  In addition, the residence halls collect clothing, food, and other useable items during move-out and donate them to local charities. 

Book Drive

The Campus Center organizes a book drive for Better World Books each semester to promote reuse and recycling of books.  Donation boxes are located throughout campus and the proceeds from the books benefit literacy programs in the US.

Barter Up!

The Campus Center worked with Newark’s Brickerati Green to create “Let’s Barter Up! A Green Unique Boutique Experience” on November 15, 2008 and on Earth Day on April 22, 2009 in which all items were bartered, not sold, to encourage reuse.

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Recycling Around Campus

Physical Plant purchased twenty, 56 gallon bottle/can and paper recycling containers for the Campus Center for January 2008.  Additional recycling containers were purchased for School of Architecture (SOA) during Spring 2008.  Residence Life purchased additional recycling containers for each residence hall room for Fall 2008.

Cardboard recycling from the Campus Center was initiated in Spring 2008 with our participation in RecycleMania.  The NJIT chapter of the USGBC has initiated paper recycling for the School of Architecture beginning April 2009.

Campus Center is committed to purchase recycled or recyclable materials for Campus Center office use including biodegradable balloons and recycled material binders, etc.


As of 2008, Canon has increased use of recycled paper for the entire university.


The Campus Center received a grant from the National Recycling Council and Coca Cola for 50 recycling containers for bottle/cans to be placed in classrooms in Kupfrian and Tiernan Halls in July 2008.  Over 1100 applications were submitted and only 75 were awarded, of which only two were universities. 

The Campus Center and Residence Life received a grant from NJ Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (NJHEPS) for their “Do It In The Dark” residence hall energy reduction contest in Spring 2009. In addition, the program was also supported by Siemens and PSE&G.  The winning residence hall, Cypress, was able to reduce their energy use by 11% over a four week period. 


NJIT competed in RecycleMania for the second time this year and increase our recycling by over 19,000 pounds during the 10 week national competition.  In addition, NJIT placed in the top 22% of schools for bottle and can recycling.

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