Sustainability at Fordham

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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.

Ignatius recognized, and entreats us to recognize, how profoundly loved we are by God through God’s creation, that both teaches and sustains us.

Trileigh Tucker

Green Campus Initiatives

Energy

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

Progress Achieved

  • Completed in 2015, two strategic LED relamping initiatives on both the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center Campuses will help the University conserve annually 712,000 kWh of energy.

Campus Recycling

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.

Green Buildings

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

Progress Achieved

  • Dedicated in 2012, the University dedicated Campbell, Salice & Conley Hall, the first green building to be built on the historic Rose Hill campus. This new residence hall was awarded LEED Gold Certification and comprises more than 172,255 square feet.

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  • Dedicated in 2014, the new Law Building and McKeon residential tower are Fordham’s newest LEED certified buildings. The new facilities have added over 415,000 square feet of residential and academic space to the Lincoln Center Campus.
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Transportation

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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

  • Department of University Transportation is on track to convert its entire fleet of Ram Vans to biodiesel. Thus far, the department has purchased over 38 new Ram Vans and has achieved an annual reduction of 22% (233,750 pounds) in CO2 emissions.

Climate Action Plan

We will measure and implement methods to reduce our carbon footprint, working to meet the City of New York’s program for carbon reduction of 30 percent by the year 2017.

Academic and Research Programs

Fordham University will advance understanding of environmental change through its curriculum and academic programs.

Getting Involved

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.