Sustainability at Fordham

EPA Taps Fordham to Manage $50M Environmental Justice Grant Program

Fordham will serve as a grantmaker to community-based groups in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and will also fund the environmental research of its own faculty.

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Workers installing solar panels on top of a building on the Rose Hill campus

Minimizing Our Environmental Impact

By working to reduce the greenhouse gases generated from all aspects of our operations, we have reduced our carbon emissions intensity by 31.77% and energy consumption by 22.6% since 2005. 

At Fordham, we 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. We're committed to reducing our environmental impact through targeted, verifiable measures that focus on reducing our greenhouse gases generated from all aspects of our operations. 

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Cover of Laudato Si: Care for Our Common Home by Pope Francis

Care for Our Common Home

On Earth Day 2021, Pope Francis issued Laudato Si, a new imperative to our world to act courageously in addressing climate change.

This bold and visionary approach asks all Catholic institutions to holistically transform over the next seven years to stave off catastrophic global warming. At Fordham, the offices of mission integration and ministry, the provost, and facilities management came together to respond.

After convening a task force for six months, the University published its Laudato Si’ Action Plan, joining 67 other universities around the world in doing so. The document is a seven-year plan with goals that touch on everything from hosting an annual sustainability conference and conducting a comprehensive study of waste management on campus to establishing a sustainability panel at Fordham’s International Conference on Cyber Security.

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Where Are They Now? How the Fordham Foundry Helped These Alumni Launch Their Startups

Where Are They Now? How the Fordham Foundry Helped These Alumni Launch Their Startups

Since 2012, the Fordham Foundry has supported scores of students, alumni, faculty, and community members along their journeys as entrepreneurs, from hosting pitch competitions with cash prizes, like the Ram’s Den and Pitch Competition, to having an open-door policy and fostering a collaborative environment that encourages students to put their big dreams and critical thinking …

Professor Finds No Direct Causal Effect of Air Pollution on Severe COVID Symptoms

Professor Finds No Direct Causal Effect of Air Pollution on Severe COVID Symptoms

During and after the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers noticed that people living in areas with higher air pollution were likely to suffer from more severe symptoms of the virus. But was that air pollution actually causing those symptoms? In a new study published this month, Marc Conte, Ph.D., professor of economics at Fordham, says no. “There’s …

Bringing Oysters Back to the Bronx

Bringing Oysters Back to the Bronx

Perched on a skiff bobbing off the shores of City Island one sunny August morning, Kevin Horbatiuk, FCLC ’78, LAW ’81, watched a fellow volunteer with City Island Oyster Reef pull a steel cage from the water. It had been three months since the cage—containing recycled oyster shells seeded with larvae called spat—was lowered into …

Nature Publishes Fordham Professor’s Research on Disproportionate Impacts of Climate Change

Nature Publishes Fordham Professor’s Research on Disproportionate Impacts of Climate Change

Fordham professor Marc Conte and fellow researchers have devised a model to predict the impacts of climate change on individual economies worldwide, and the outlook is bleak for the least developed regions. Published in the journal Nature, “Unequal Climate Impacts on Global Values of Natural Capital” reveals a staggering forecast: By the year 2100, 90% …

Caring for Our Common Home: Fordham Sustainability Update

Caring for Our Common Home: Fordham Sustainability Update

Last summer, in response to a call from Pope Francis to “take concrete actions in the care of our common home,” Fordham published the Laudato Si’ Action Plan. The document set forth an ambitious seven-year plan for the University that touches on everything from facilities and curriculum to student involvement, all with the ultimate goal …

Interns Work to Create a Sustainable Campus

Interns Work to Create a Sustainable Campus

Fordham students have long been involved in efforts to promote a sustainable world. This fall, some of them have turned their attention to Fordham’s campuses. In September, the Department of Facilities Management invited four students to intern with them on projects geared toward lowering Fordham’s carbon footprint: Fordham College at Rose Hill seniors Ethan Shepard, …

20 in Their 20s: Ian Muir Smith

20 in Their 20s: Ian Muir Smith

A U.N. communications officer and analyst helps farmers adapt to climate change Chicago native Ian Muir Smith got his first meaningful exposure to the effects of climate change in 2021, as a Fordham College at Lincoln Center student majoring in international studies. He earned a summer research grant to travel to Kenya, where he spent …

A Beacon of Hope for the Birds (and Humans) of New York

A Beacon of Hope for the Birds (and Humans) of New York

NYC Audubon’s Dustin Partridge wants New York City to become more livable for both people and wildlife—and green roofs, he says, are key to that effort. As you walk through the apple orchard, with Honeycrisps and GoldRushes at your feet, a swallow flies by, then a kinglet and an Eastern phoebe, whose presence signals the start …

Whose Earth Is It, Anyway?

Whose Earth Is It, Anyway?

When people of faith dismiss the beliefs of others, they risk embracing behaviors that wreck the natural world. “Just as now we are erasing over 200 species a day, [the work of missionaries], when wedded to religious supremacy, has worked deliberately and actively to erase religious and linguistic diversity,” said John J. Thatamanil, MDiv., Ph.D., …

Four Ways Fordham Women Are Leading the Charge on Sustainability

Four Ways Fordham Women Are Leading the Charge on Sustainability

A powerhouse of women from industries including beauty, food, and science discussed how they’re bringing sustainability to their work—and the world at large—at Fordham’s seventh annual Women’s Summit on Oct. 16.  “It is overwhelming, this thought of what is happening to the planet, of our own sense of powerlessness, sometimes, to do something about it,” …

Fordham Earns Grant to ‘Reimagine’ a Better Cross Bronx Expressway

Fordham Earns Grant to ‘Reimagine’ a Better Cross Bronx Expressway

Fordham’s Center for Community Engaged Learning has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to help Bronx residents decide how best to fix the Cross Bronx Expressway. The highway, which was constructed in the 1950s and ’60s, has long been blamed for a host of poor health outcomes …