Fordham’s Green Work
NYC Carbon Challenge
In 2007 Fordham pledged to reduce greenhouse gasses by 30% from our baseline year of 2005 as part of the NYC Carbon Challenge started under Mayor Bloomberg. This grew to a commitment to a 40% reduction. As of 2021 we have reduced CO2e by 36.8%.NYC Carbon Challenge
NYS REV Carbon Challenge
Fordham was recognized as a “First Mover” by NYS REV Carbon Challenge by being one of the first to sign on to this NY State initiative to implement clean energy solutions.NYS REV Carbon Challenge
Wildlife Conservation Society
Fordham is the first institution of higher education to collaborate with Wildlife Conservation Society’s Framing our Future Campaign (wcs.org).Wildlife Conservation Society
LEED Gold Certified
Campbell Hall, Salice, and Conley Halls are LEED Gold certified. The Law Building and McKeon Hall are LEED Silver. Duane and Hughes are LEED.LEED Gold Certified
Fordham has undertaken several solar projects which currently offset 20% of Fordham’s energy usage, and 37% of that of Fordham Prep.
Fordham Staten Island Solar Project
This 2.6 MW ground-mounted solar project is the largest solar array dedicated to any educational entity in NYC. The project has generated over 7,300 MWH to date, with Fordham owning and retiring 100% of the associated Renewable Energy Credits (substantial LL 97 benefits).
This 960 KW roof mounted system is the largest Community Solar project to be hosted by any educational entity in NYC
This 7.7 KW roof mounted system was installed on the roof of Campbell Hall in 2019, and was partly funded by a student & alumni GoFundMe campaign.
Teaching, Learning, and Research
Fordham is home to a strong set of academic programs that support teaching and learning in the areas of ecology, environmental sustainability, and environmental justice:
Humanities and Social Sciences
Fordham offers many courses across disciplines, including in the humanities and social sciences, which offer students an opportunity to engage with sustainability content as a part of the course. Fordham offered 175 such courses in recent years.
The Louis Calder Center
Fordham runs the Louis Calder Center, a field station in Armonk New York, which functions as a living laboratory for sustainability research.
- Researchers collect “climate and ecological” data on water quality, pertabrates, plants, and phytoplankton and benthic algae.
- The facility includes 7 buildings with a dorm, labs, and other multi-use facilities.
- The Center is part of a urban-rural transect of forest, and supports the longest running study on lyme disease in the country.
- The Center is staffed by 7 on-site faculty, 3 on-site scientists, 3 RH faculty, 2 staff, and hosts 10 graduate students, 2 undergraduate students, and 2 high school students when fully operational.