Green Campus Initiatives
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.
We maintain over 42 buildings (comprising of 4.7 million square feet) which are dispersed throughout four campuses.
Fordham has increased its sustainable energy sources with the use of on- and off-campus solar arrays.
More than 208,000 pounds of paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, and metal are being recycled and diverted from the University’s waste stream annually.
Fordham’s Department of University Transportation has converted its entire vehicle fleet of vans (50+) to biofuel.
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.
New Campus Center Addition
The new campus center addition at the Rose Hill campus was designed to LEED standards and uses passive heating and cooling technology. It is currently under construction and anticipated to be completed by 2025. In addition, all renovations of existing facilities will meet or exceed LEED for the existing buildings criterion.
LEED Gold Certification
Campbell, Salice, and Conley halls, a 172,265 GSF residential complex the University dedicated in 2010, achieved LEED Gold Certification.
LEED Silver Certification
The Law School building and McKeon residential tower are Fordham’s newest LEED Silver certified buildings. The new facilities have added more than 415,000 square feet of residential and academic space to the Lincoln Center campus.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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’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 …
How to Shift from Fast Fashion to a More Sustainable Future
The 2023 Fordham Women Summit will feature a fashion-industry panel plus sessions on environmental research and the power of our personal consumption choices. Each year, the fashion industry creates about 2.1 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a 2020 report. That’s about 4% of all emissions globally. But the report also found that …