Fordham is immeasurably grateful for our elected officials’ support as we celebrate our role as environmental justice grantmaker for the EPA Thriving Communities program for Region 2.

Below are sentiments they have shared as Fordham begins this critical and historic work.

“This first-of-its-kind effort, that I made sure we amply funded in the historic Inflation Reduction Act, to directly invest in grassroots environmental justice groups is critical to fighting the carbon pollution worsening asthma, driving climate change and increasing the likelihood and severity of devastating extreme weather events,” said U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer. “This $50 million for Fordham University to fund environmental justice projects is the kind of program that can help our disadvantaged communities effectively fight the pollution that harms them. I am proud of Fordham University and I’m so excited to see how the vibrant network of New York and Puerto Rican grassroots environmental justice organizations access and activate this federal funding. I remain laser-focused on implementing the IRA so that we can ensure it lives up to its transformative potential to clean our air and combat climate change.”

“EPA’s Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking program is a vital new program that will advance environmental justice and help communities disproportionately impacted by climate change, pollution, and other environmental stressors,” said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “I am thrilled to see that Fordham University has been selected as the Grantmaker for EPA Region 2, which will allow organizations in New York, other communities within the Region, and Puerto Rico to apply for funds to support a range of different environmental project activities that will help the communities most in need. I am proud to have worked with and supported Fordham University to help secure its selection as a grantmaker and look forward to seeing communities that have long faced underinvestment gain access to federal environmental justice funding.”

“Fordham University’s commitment to environmental justice through its Flourishing in Community program and Climate Action Summit 2024 has been exemplary,” said U.S. Representative Ritchie Torres (NY-15). “By investing $40 million in grants to community-based organizations with a prioritization on marginalized communities, Fordham is not just talking about change — they’re actively implementing it. Initiatives like these, focusing on participatory governance and community-led solutions, are crucial for a sustainable future for the Bronx and the nation. I commend Fordham for their leadership and hope more institutions follow their example.”

“Congratulations to Fordham University on its selection by the Biden Administration to receive $50 million federal funding to support environmental justice and sustainability programs throughout our community and the region,” said Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “I look forward to working with EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan, EPA Region 2 Administrator Lisa F. Garcia, university president Tania Tetlow, and our community partners to ensure otherwise historically marginalized organizations and groups are supported as they continue their efforts to address climate change and impact to our communities. This funding will play a significant role in our efforts to develop climate solutions that will benefit our community for many generations to come.”
“Environmental justice issues are prevalent in our borough, and we are grateful to have partners who are committed to helping us support our communities,” said Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson. “I want to thank Fordham University for convening partners from community-based organizations, nonprofits, schools and institutions of higher education, local municipalities, and policymakers to discuss ways we can work collaboratively to combat the effects of climate change in our city and invest in a green future.

“Fordham University’s resounding call to action comes in the form of their EPA Grant, which will facilitate climate justice initiatives for environmentally disadvantaged communities in the Bronx,” said City Council Member Oswald Feliz. We are constantly working to provide accessibility to communities disproportionately affected by pollution and climate change. With Fordham’s Climate Action Summit, we will witness new insights on sustainability and environmental justice for our Bronx community.”


Nicole LaRosa is the senior director of University communications. She can be reached at [email protected] or 212-903-8810.