About the Committee
The United Student Government (USG) Sustainability Committee seeks to make our university a sustainable institution. We believe that as a Jesuit university, Fordham has a responsibility to care for the continuing health of the planet and its people. Our objective is to pursue concrete, effective initiatives that advance the goal of a healthy, viable future. We push every student, faculty, and staff member to reduce their present environmental impact while also seeking to imbue them with a long-term sustainable mindset.
Meetings are held at 6 pm EST on Wednesdays in Bepler Commons.
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- The Sustainability Committee seeks to advocate for student interests in the area of Sustainability.
- Acts as a liaison to the Sustainability Council, administration, faculty, staff, and the student body about issues of sustainability.
- Serves as student body representative on issues in sustainability.
- Advocates for a shift towards a sustainable culture on campus.
- Oversees the implementation of sustainable changes within the Fordham community and follows through on the progress and maintenance of these initiatives.
- Identifies key issues of sustainability on campus by surveying the state of campus sustainability, as well as consulting other students about their concerns and bringing them to the attention of the committee.
Liz Shim (Chair)
Olivia Frantzeskos (Vice-Chair)
Dr. Catharine McGlade, OSI Advisor
Andre Pulumbarit, Events & Communications Subcommittee Leader
Anthony Lekakis, Change the Fordham Subcommittee Leader
Caitlin Reed, Change the Fordham Subcommittee Leader
Jayden Curtis, Eco-Reps Subcommittee Leader
Lauren Larsen, Events & Communications Subcommittee Leader
Megha Verghese, Fordham Flea Subcommittee Leader
Olivia Clausen. Eco-Reps Subcommittee Leader
Sofia Miller, Campus Changes Subcommittee Leader
Tierney Kulju, Campus Changes Subcommittee Leader
Carlota Rahola Funallet
Rhianna “Reese” Dains
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USG Sustainability Committee Statements
- A Statement Against Fast Fashion
- Native Plants Proposal
- Finlay Garden Proposal
- Proposal for the Reintroduction of Personal Cups at On-Campus Dining Locations
- Green Roof/Rooftop Garden Proposal
- Proposal for the Introduction of Composting at the Rose Hill Campus
Resources for students passionate about studying or becoming involved with sustainability at Fordham!
These courses offer discussions and/or science-based reasonings related to sustainability and environmentalism!
Environmental Justice (PJST 3200)
North American Environmental History (HIST 3390)
Environmental Economics (ECON 3850)
Environment: Sci, Law and Policy (NSCI 2060)
Environmental Ethics (PHIL 3109)
Sustainable Development (POSC 4040)
Religion and Ecology (THEO 4008)
Designing the City (VART 2050)
Environmental Design (VART 2055)
Intro to Environmental Studies (ENST 1000)
Politics Urban Health and Environment (POSC 3131)
Intro to Environmental Politics (POSC 3312)
Environmental Science (ENVS 3000)
Annual or semesterly events are available for students to participate in or learn about sustainability efforts on campus, and how to live more sustainably in general!
Sustainability/Earth Week: One week of programming each semester, with events on the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses to promote sustainable living to college students! The events held throughout this week include a Fordham Flea pop-up, designing tote bags, speakers who educate students and staff about sustainability, and more! Hosted by the USG Sustainability Committee, SEAJ, Climate Impact Initiative, and LC Environmental.
Calder Center: The Calder Center is Fordham’s Biological Field Center, where many students lead their own ecological research projects. They offer many opportunities for research, internships, and developing relationships with professors. Traveling to the Calder Center is a fun way to take a break from the urban environment and escape to the wonderful forest landscapes! You can check the availability of Ram Vans, which now take students throughout the day to the Calder Center in a convenient 30-45 minute ride!
Farmers Market: Stop by the New York Botanical Gardens and explore their weekly farmer’s markets to buy fresh produce or check out a range of New-york based restaurants selling their food! This market continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each week until October 26th, and offers a good chance to have a quick break from the Fordham campus in the relaxing Botans right across the street!
Run for the Wild: The Bronx Zoo WCS’s annual 5K Run and 3K Family Fun Run/Walk. More than 5,000 runners and walkers attended this past year’s event, raising $483k for wildlife conservation.
Craig Frank, Director of Environmental Science, email@example.com
Stephen Franks, Department of Biological Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org
Edward van Buren (Director of Environmental Studies), email@example.com
Julie Kim, Director of English, firstname.lastname@example.org
Guy Robinson, Department of Natural Science (LC), email@example.com
Justin Pool, Biological Sciences Department, firstname.lastname@example.org
Garnet Kindervater, Environmental Studies Adjunct Faculty, email@example.com
Campus Ambassador Program with the Wildlife Conservation Society: Currently in the works! Please reach out to Liz Shim at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information if you’re interested.
Training for lobbying to Congress with a 15-week certification program, and becoming involved in outreach related to sustainability Citizen Climate HigherEd
Opportunities to volunteer related to environmental stewardship through the AmeriCorps program: NYC Civic Corps
More opportunities are coming since the opening of the Louis Calder Center, Fordham’s biological research station in Armonk, New York for volunteering with professors, or possible job and internship studies for Environmental Studies and Environmental Science students, or other interested students. Fordham Louis Calder Center
Further databases for students interested in internships and jobs related to sustainability:
Department of Environmental Conversation
Environmental Stewardship Organizations in the Bronx:
WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society)
Government/Public Policy-Based Organizations:
Bronx Council for Environmental Quality
SEAJ: Students for Environmental Awareness and Justice
- Help spread awareness of major sustainability issues both globally and in the Bronx, and spreading awareness of climate events for social activism in New York
St. Roses Garden at Rose Hill
- Students can partake in a community garden to acquire a green thumb
Climate Impact: Part of Fordham’s Social Innovation Collaboratory
- Writing proposals and leading sustainability efforts on campus, including leading Sustainability and Earth Week events
Fordham Sustainable Fashion
- Research and education about sustainable fashion
- Giving students the opportunity to hike, rock climb, and be physically active in nature outside Fordham.
- Selling artisanal goods aimed at being sustainable