Sustainability at Fordham

Respect for the Environment

In keeping with the Jesuit traditions of the pursuit of wisdom and learning, education of the whole person and respect for the environment, we recognize the value of minimizing our environmental impact.

We will endeavor to design, construct and maintain our buildings, infrastructure, and grounds in a manner that ensures environmental sustainability and demonstrates sustainability best practices in a broad range of areas.

Sustainability News at Fordham

Climate Action Report Details Path Forward for Sustainability

Climate Action Report Details Path Forward for Sustainability

Maroon is the official color of Fordham, but more and more, the University is embracing green. That’s the message of the University’s latest climate action plan annual report. “As a University, we’re working toward a more sustainable world and doing the part that we can do here, both in the physical plant, as well as …

In New Class, Addressing Climate Change and Food Insecurity

In New Class, Addressing Climate Change and Food Insecurity

We hear regularly about how climate change is impacting the weather. What’s perhaps less obvious is that it also affecting the food we eat. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture warned in a report that the progress that has been made on global food security is likely to take a hit because of climate …

In Debut Novel, a Fordham Graduate Imagines Our Climate Future, Five Different Ways

In Debut Novel, a Fordham Graduate Imagines Our Climate Future, Five Different Ways

Business leaders, economists, political consultants, and military planners often use scenario thinking to prepare for what lies ahead and test possible courses of action—or inaction. For Andrew Dana Hudson, FCLC ’09, it’s a practice tailor-made for speculative fiction, one that influenced his debut novel, Our Shared Storm, which was published by Fordham University Press in …

Student’s Research Spotlights an Overlooked Inequality: The Disability Gap

Student’s Research Spotlights an Overlooked Inequality: The Disability Gap

Around the world, as countries grow more wealthy and advanced, what happens to those who face extra challenges with essential things like seeing, hearing, getting around, and interacting with others? That’s the question recently addressed by a Fordham student’s faculty-mentored research project. While scholars have long suspected that people with disabilities tend to get left …

Nancy Castaldo’s Latest Book Offers Kids Environmental Solutions, Hope Before the World Runs Dry

Nancy Castaldo’s Latest Book Offers Kids Environmental Solutions, Hope Before the World Runs Dry

Although World Water Day and Earth Day are in the rearview, Nancy Castaldo hopes you won’t shift your attention from the fate of the planet just yet. In her latest book, When the World Runs Dry: Earth’s Water in Crisis, published in January, she dives into global water security—or, more aptly, the lack thereof—tackling infrastructure, …

‘What It Will Save Us’: MOSAIC Panel Addresses Environmental and Climate Justice

‘What It Will Save Us’: MOSAIC Panel Addresses Environmental and Climate Justice

“I’ve been in this storm so long/ I’ve been in this here storm so long/ Crying Lord, give me more time to pray/ I’ve been in this here storm so long.” Fordham College at Lincoln Center graduate Marquetta L. Goodwine, Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, sang those lines from the spiritual “I’ve Been in …

University Honored for Stewardship of Trees

University Honored for Stewardship of Trees

Fordham’s commitment to caring for trees and protecting the environment continues to receive national recognition. For the fifth time, the Arbor Day Foundation included Fordham in its list of colleges and universities recognized for their commitment to trees through Tree Campus Higher Education, a national program launched in 2008 by the foundation. “Trees not only …

Fordham and Bronx Schools Collaborating on Air Quality Project

Fordham and Bronx Schools Collaborating on Air Quality Project

Through a new initiative called Project FRESH Air, Fordham is working with local middle and high schoolers to combat climate change and generate new air quality data in their communities.  “We want to set up a network of air quality sensors around the city and map out the air quality—particularly in the Bronx—and help students …

Climate Change and the UN Call to Action: Lecture Highlights Need for Multilateralism

Climate Change and the UN Call to Action: Lecture Highlights Need for Multilateralism

Cooperation and multilateralism will be key to combating the climate crisis in the next two to three years, said a U.N. expert on climate action at a Fordham lecture on Nov. 17. Selwin Hart, special adviser to the secretary-general on climate action and assistant secretary-general for the Climate Action Team at the United Nations, addressed …

Art and Action on the Bronx River

Art and Action on the Bronx River

On a Friday afternoon in April, Matthew López-Jensen stood more than 300 feet above a grassy plaza in Valhalla, New York, on a pedestrian path atop the Kensico Dam. The granite-faced dam blocks a 30.6-billion-gallon reservoir—a major source of New York City’s drinking water—and marks the start of the Bronx River’s 23-mile journey from Westchester …

New Economics Course Shifts Focus to Sustainability and the Greater Good

New Economics Course Shifts Focus to Sustainability and the Greater Good

Last September, after six months of a raging pandemic with no end in sight, unemployment had nearly doubled to an estimated 12.6 million Americans. The daily death toll had reached 1,000. Yet in that same month, the Sept. 2 Dow Jones S&P closed at a record high 3,580 points. According to Anthony Annett, Ph.D., a …

Green Campus Initiatives

  • Cost-effective energy reduction initiatives will be implemented to reduce our impact by minimizing energy consumption. We pursue alternative energy strategies, including new technologies, as they become more available.

    Progress Achieved

    • The University completed two strategic Light Emitting Diode (LED) re-lamping initiatives on the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses in 2015, which has helped the University conserve 712,000 kWh of energy annually. Upgrades in lighting initiatives were completed in 39 buildings on the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses.

    • New steam boilers that are 15% more efficient are being installed at the Rose Hill campus, and campus building HVAC systems will be converted to electric heat pumps and geothermal over time, thus significantly reducing the amount of fossil fuels consumed.
  • Our operations will endeavor to recycle as much material as possible, in line with commonsense operational requirements. We will also explore all avenues to reduce waste and to purchase renewable and reusable products. We will educate and train our students, staff and faculty in all aspects of this work.

    Progress Achieved

    • In 2015, over 208,000 lbs. of paper, cardboard, plastic, glass & metal was recycled and diverted from the University’s waste stream.
    • Over 90,000 lbs. of construction related debris was collected and recycled from the 2012 renovation of Hughes Hall.

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  • A Ram Van departs Rose Hill Campus

    We will work to reduce the environmental impact of our vehicle fleet, encourage vendors to consider the same and promote the use of public transportation.

    Progress Achieved

    • Fordham’s Department of University Transportation has converted its entire vehicle fleet of vans (50+) to biofuel. These vans provide transportation between our Bronx Rose Hill campus garage and our Lincoln Center campus, transporting employees and students who otherwise might have used their cars to travel between campuses. Fordham will shift its vehicle fleet to primarily electric vehicles (EV’s) as EV technology evolves. Currently, the University has 20 EV’s in its fleet. EV charging stations are installed at the Rose Hill campus garage, with more planned. 

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  • We will measure and implement methods to reduce our carbon footprint, working to meet the City of New York’s program, NYC Carbon Challenge, for carbon reduction of 40 percent by 2030.

    Climate Action Plan

  • The University will work with local institutions and City agencies such as the Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Gardens, the City of New York, and others to coordinate our sustainability efforts, enhancing our impact through strategic partnerships and programs.

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  • Fordham University will advance understanding of environmental change through its curriculum and academic programs, including, but not limited to, the following programs: 

    • In 2021, Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business provided an online course in organizational sustainability for working professionals to train thought leaders with the necessary analytical tools to originate, market, and lead sustainability initiatives in a variety of professional contexts. 
    • Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business is making the case that sustainability is good for the environment—and business. “Leading Toward a Finer Future,” a four-day intensive master class, aims to prepare graduate and undergraduate students for leadership in the sustainable business field. 
    • In 2020, the Gabelli School of Business officially announced the launch of the Responsible Business Coalition (RBC), an incubator that combines the power of industry and academia to identify and implement sustainable business solutions for some of the world’s most challenging environmental and social problems. The goal of the RBC is to improve the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) impact of industries worldwide and to foster values-based education. 
    • Environmental Studies, a Science and Humanities program, has been offered at Fordham since 2002. Within this major, students tackle the most pressing issues of our times: climate change, habitat loss, mass species extinction, natural capital degradation, environmental health, environmental justice, and building sustainable societies.

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Green Buildings

All new buildings will be designed from an energy standpoint to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) New Construction Silver rating, ensuring that all new properties are environmentally responsible.