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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today commended Fordham University for obtaining Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED®) Gold designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. 

The recently constructed Rose Hill Dormitories in the Bronx are two, 83,500 square-foot buildings with multiple stories. Each dormitory was designed to optimize energy usage and performance and constructed according to environmentally sustainable building practices. 

Fordham University obtained this recognition in part because of energy-efficient, green building measures that were supported by nearly $555,000 of NYSERDA incentives.  This funding will help the University reduce energy costs by $174,000 annually with new high performance lighting and occupancy controls, high efficiency chillers and boilers, a heat recovery system and various other energy efficiency measures. 

“Energy efficiency and sustainable building materials are the most cost-effective investments colleges and universities can make for long-term savings and a healthy indoor learning and work environment for students, faculty and staff,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “I commend Fordham University for the high priority it places on conserving energy and protecting our environment.”

“We’re thrilled with the Gold designation for the two new buildings, Campbell Hall and Salice-Conley Hall, and with the recognition from NYSERDA,” said Marc Valera, vice president for facilities at the University. “As part of our sustainability policy, the University has committed to designing new buildings to Silver level. NYSERDA’s financial support enabled us to reach higher and attain LEED Gold.”

The energy savings—nearly 848,000 kilowatt hours—is equivalent to the amount of electricity consumed by 123 single-family homes annually and will be realized by the University every year for years to come. 

The Rose Hill Dormitories are rated to perform nearly 29% above the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code. 

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