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Environmental Sustainability

It’s Cool to be an Eco School!

“As Stewards of God’s creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family. When we destroy our forests, ravage our soil and pollute our seas, we betray that noble calling.”

- Pope Francis (18 January 2015, Manila, Philippines, Speech)

Mission Statement:

Environmental Sustainability at Fordham Prep endeavors to educate, inspire and mobilize the Fordham Prep community to become lifelong, active stewards of God’s creation and to create an environmentally just and sustainable school community in accordance with our Catholic Jesuit ideals and teaching.

Committee Work:

In response to Fordham Prep’s strategic priority in Igniting Our Mission to “Adopt environmentally sustainable practices standards and practices relating to the operation, redevelopment and expansion of the school complex” and the Universal Apostolic Preference of the Society of Jesus  “To collaborate for the care of our Common Home” Fordham Prep formed an Environmental Sustainability committee in September of 2019.   The committee’s goals included researching  best practices, developing a plan to introduce new environmental sustainability practices and educating the Fordham Prep community.

The committee conducted a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Challenges) analysis about environmental sustainability at Fordham Prep, researched best practices and developed a set of recommendations related to three key areas; recycling and waste reduction, the school’s greenhouse, and energy and building construction.

How to Get Involved:

Environmental Task Force

  • Contact Ms. Condesso (condessob@fordhamprep.org) about joining the club

  • The Task Force meets the first and third Wednesday of each month from 2:40-3:15

Fun Facts about the Environment:

  1. 25% or more of bottled water is tap water; there is no need to buy plastic bottles

  2. Supermarkets use approximately 60,500,000 paper bags per year; bring reusable bags

  3. Humans have added 2.4 trillion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere; half of this was added in the last 35 to 50 years

  4. Recycling one aluminum beverage can save enough energy to run a 14 watt CFL bulb (60 watt incandescent equivalent) for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, or a TV for 2 hours.

  5. It takes 1,000 years for a plastic bag to decompose

  6. More energy is used to make 1kg of paper than is used to make 1kg of steel

  7. According to NASA, at the present rate of destruction, the Amazon rainforest will be gone by 2100

Informational Resources:

  1. “50 Facts for 50 Years.” (2020, April 07). Retrieved January 13, 2021, from https://sustainability.georgetown.edu/50-facts-for-50-years/

  2. “Inspirational Environmental Sustainability Facts.” Circular Ecology, 30 Apr. 2020, circularecology.com/environmental-sustainability-facts.html.

  3. Cowan, Shannon. “Composting.” Eartheasy Guides & Articles, learn.eartheasy.com/guides/composting/.

  4. Rinkesh A. Founded Conserve Energy Future with the sole motto of providing helpful information related to our rapidly depleting environment. Unless you strongly believe in Elon Musk‘s idea of making Mars as another habitable planet . “17 Disastrous Current Environmental Issues That Are Seriously Eye-Opening.” Conserve Energy Future, 9 May 2020, www.conserve-energy-future.com/current-environmental-issues.php.

  5. Evans, Marni. “What Is Environmental Sustainability?” The Balance Small Business, 8 July 2020, www.thebalancesmb.com/what-is-sustainability-3157876.

  6. (n.d.). Retrieved January 20, 2021, from https://www.theworldcounts.com/stories/amazing_environmental_facts