Green Campus Initiatives

Green Campus Initiatives

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 31.77%.

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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.

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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.

Sustainability News at Fordham

Caring for Our Common Home: Fordham Sustainability Spring Update

Caring for Our Common Home: Fordham Sustainability Spring Update

At the Climate Action Summit held April 8 at Rose Hill, several elected officials were on hand to celebrate Fordham’s new role as an EPA grantmaker. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told the crowd, “We couldn’t have thought of a better place than Fordham” to dispense the federal funding, which will go to grassroots …

Water and Migration: Professor Studies Drought-Impacted Communities in Mali

Water and Migration: Professor Studies Drought-Impacted Communities in Mali

Isaie Dougnon, Ph.D., an associate professor of French and Francophone studies and international humanitarian affairs, has spent the last few months running a research project that hits close to home— studying water and migration in his native Mali. Funded through a nearly $25,000 grant awarded to Dougnon by the Wenner-Gren Foundation in September 2023, the …

Annual Summit Focuses on Climate Change Leadership

Annual Summit Focuses on Climate Change Leadership

Daylong Event Calls for Grassroots Action and Celebrates Fordham’s Role as EPA Grantmaker We don’t all have to be scientists to fight climate change, a prominent marine biologist and activist told Fordham students, activists, and members of the Bronx community at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus on April 8. “I think what the world needs, right …

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 …