Fordham United Methodist Church

2543 Marion Avenue, Bronx, NY 10458

Fordham United Methodist Church (Fordham UMC) is a multi-ethnic parish that has been a cornerstone of the Bronx community for over 150 years. The church’s motto is “A beacon of light in the Bronx and beyond.” Staying true to this belief, the church aims to lead in energy efficiency across the Bronx. At Fordham UMC we provide an environment where people grow spiritually, develop an essential Christian character, experience the transforming grace of God, deepen their relationship with God, and become faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

Our deep commitment to community outreach includes support for Part of the Solution, a Bronx-based support organization that provides food and clothing to the needy, and the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, and many other community improvement centered organizations. Our church also has its own community support programs, such as the community garden that it maintains.

About this project

Heating: The church is heated using a hot water (hydronic) boiler and a steam boiler, both powered by heating oil. Our heating system will be upgraded with new boilers that burn cleaner, lower cost, natural gas.

System Controls: The system that controls our building heating and cooling units is broken. The broken controls system will be replaced with a state-of-the art energy management system that can be controlled wirelessly to maximize efficient use of energy.

Lighting: The church has traditional incandescent light bulbs, along with older fluorescent lights throughout the building. These lights consume large amounts of electricity, increasing our utility costs. We will replace these lights with an LED lighting system that is significantly more cost-effective and energy efficient.

What we’re installing

  • Gas-fired Modulating Hydronic Boilers
  • New Steam Boiler
  • Smart Circulating Zone Pumps
  • Zone Panel
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Boiler Control System
  • Thermostatic Radiator Valves
  • Wireless Indoor Temperature Sensors

Who is installing?

Bronx-based Dual Fuel (http://www.dualfuelcorp.com/about/), The Vorea Group from Brooklyn (http://www.thevoreagroup.com/), and Willdan from Manhattan (http://www.willdan.com/) will be the contractors for this retrofit.

Project timeline

  • Upgrade Gas Meter
  • Remove Existing Boiler
  • Install New Efficient Boilers
  • Install Upgraded Piping and Ventilation

Why Invest?

Your loan or donation will help improve our church in many ways, including:

Health: This project will improve the comfort level inside the church, preserving good health and well-being for our community.

Financial: This project will reduce our heating and electricity costs, saving us over $24,000 each year.

Environmental: This project will reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by 33,000 pounds.

Social Impact: This project will help our church save on energy costs and invest those savings back into the community by increasing the social services we provide across the Bronx. Project installation will be completed by a local company that hires hard to employ populations.

Social

Social Impact

This project will help our church save on energy costs and invest those savings back into the community by increasing the social services we provide across the Bronx. Project installation will be completed by a local company that hires hard to employ populations.

Health

Health Impact

This project will improve the comfort level inside the church, preserving good health and well-being for our community.

Environmental

Environmental Impact

This project will reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by 33,000 pounds.

Financial

Financial Impact

This project will reduce our heating and electricity costs, saving us over $24,000 each year.

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