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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.

Our Commitments:

Fordham Prep is Committed to:

  • understanding and putting into practice Catholic Social Teaching on the environment.

  • increasing awareness of our impact on the environment.

  • reducing waste and the use of paper and plastics.

  • increasing the use of renewable energy and reducing our carbon footprint.

  • ongoing evaluation of sustainability practices.

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 Club

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

  • The club meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 2:40-3:15 PM

Facts about the Environment:

  1. 25% or more of all 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 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

  8. By 2050, sea-level rise will push average annual coastal floods higher than land now home to 300 million people, according to a study published in Nature Communications.

  9. 90% of energy expended by washing machines is used to heat water; use the cold setting.

  10. Soil is not "pretty much a living organism" - soil is an ecosystem that helps grow plants and stores gases.

  11. Selecting a vegetarian diet can reduce agricultural emissions by 63%.

  12. Rainforests get cut down at a rate of 100 acres per minute. Between 2004 and 2017, over 43 million hectares, equivalent to the size of Morocco, were lost due to deforestation. 

Links to other websites with maps:

  1. https://wwf.panda.org/discover/our_focus/forests_practice/deforestation_fronts_/

 

https://www.geospatialworld.net/blogs/world-banks-interactive-map-shows-deforestation-severe/ 

Videos:

Environmental Sustainability - We Have Choices - Quick Introduction to environmental sustainability

Deforestation Fronts - A brief video about deforestation fronts

Climate Change We are the Problem and the Solution - A brief video regarding climate change and its dangerous effects on our Earth

References:

  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

  7. Deforestation fronts. (n.d.). Retrieved March 24, 2021, from https://wwf.panda.org/discover/our_focus/forests_practice/deforestation_fronts_/

  8. -, A., By, -, Anusuya DattaAnusuya is a freelance writer based out of Canada. Earlier, Datta, A., & Anusuya is a freelance writer based out of Canada. Earlier. (2018, January 12). World bank's interactive map shows where deforestation is severe. Retrieved March 24, 2021, from https://www.geospatialworld.net/blogs/world-banks-interactive-map-shows-deforestation-severe/