Partnerships and Recognition

In addition to its commitment to the NYC Carbon Challenge, Fordham University has made other commitments to reduce its global environmental footprint and increase the sustainability of its operations. We also work to enhance our impact through strategic partnerships and programs that coordinate sustainability efforts with our peer institutions of higher education, New York City agencies, and other community stakeholders, such as the Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden.

Highlights include:

NYSERDA REV Campus Challenge

The REV Campus Challenge, a program of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), recognizes colleges and universities that strive to meet their financial, environmental, academic, and community goals through clean energy solutions.

Fordham University accepted the REV Campus Challenge and was recognized by the state as a “First Mover,” demonstrating leadership among our peers and a commitment to clean energy by joining the REV Campus Challenge in its first six months. As a REV Campus Challenge participant, Fordham has committed to investing in clean energy projects across our campuses, embracing clean energy curricula and research and development, and further engaging with our communities.

NYCDEP Water Challenge

As New York City is home to more college students than any other city in the United States, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has challenged institutions of higher education to help reduce citywide water demand, and in 2018 launched the NYCDEP Water Challenge with a goal of reducing the city’s water consumption by 20 million gallons by 2022.

The Lincoln Center campus was selected for this challenge, since its facilities are connected to the DEP through the Automatic Meter Read (AMR) system. Student challenges as well as operational improvements that were implemented at Lincoln Center have also been conducted at Rose Hill. The goal was to reduce water consumption by at least 5% by 2020. Fordham achieved this goal through targeted water use reduction efforts in residence halls, dining halls, and the irrigation of green spaces. Through participation in this important initiative, Fordham is committed to installing submeters on the Rose Hill and the Lincoln Center campuses, which will allow us to measure usage and help us to continue to save water.

Framing Our Future

Fordham University was proud to become the first institution of higher education in the United States to collaborate with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Framing our Future Campaign, with a commitment to educating about climate change and advocating for nature-based solutions.

United Nations PRME

Fordham is one of 37 Champion schools, and the only one from New York, within the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) network. The PRME initiative is a relationship between the United Nations and business schools across the globe to transform management education. In addition to creating a learning environment that promotes awareness of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, Fordham is committed to providing students the platform to create innovative solutions to the environmental, social, and economic challenges of today’s business landscape.

Fordham’s role as a Champion school allows the University to engage with other management programs through collaborative projects and research. These efforts seek to implement sustainability principles within academic curricula and co-curricular activities. In both contributing to and taking part in game-changing projects that address the social responsibility of the business sector, Fordham is developing future leaders who see business as a force for good.

Since 2009, Fordham students have participated in the Breakthrough Innovation Challenge. This year-long initiative led by the UN Global Compact offers students the opportunity to solve real-world sustainability challenges in collaboration with managers from multinational companies. Eight companies have created cases specific to their firms that invite students to evaluate sustainable business models and make final recommendations to the companies. The process allows students to engage with disruptive technologies and, ultimately, provides each company the means to effectively address the UN Sustainable Development Goals through their business operations.

Ashoka Innovators for the Public

As an AshokaU Changemaker Campus, Fordham advances an education that develops interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial skills. AshokaU breaks down barriers to institutional change and encourages social innovation in higher education.

National Arbor Day Foundation

Fordham University has been honored by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA. The University earned the distinction by meeting five core standards for a sustainable campus: the establishment of a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance, and the sponsorship of student service-learning projects.