From Oct. 22-27, Temple’s Office of Sustainability will host the university’s annual Campus Sustainability Week. Along with information sessions, this year’s activities will include several volunteer opportunities for students to get involved in green projects.
“When presented with the complexity of climate change, students often ask ‘how can I make a difference,’” said Kathleen Grady, sustainability coordinator in the Office of Sustainability. “This semester, we wanted to provide students with tangible actions that they can take at the local level that would effect change globally.”
The week-long recognition is designed to showcase the many avenues through which students can make a difference by making small changes in their everyday behavior.
"We want to be able to educate our peers that you can take small steps and learn on a local level and take that information and apply it higher up," said environmental studies major Katy Ament, an officer with Temple Community Gardens. “Many times people have the interest, but don't know what they want to do.”
Student organizations involved in planning the week hope to attract students to commit their time and attention to the their cause, said Ament. With the many options students at Temple have to spend their time, it can be challenge for groups to maintain and grow their base of support.
"There's a fast-paced turn-around for student involvement,” said Ament. “With each door that you open there's so much more that you can expose yourself to.”
Events planned for the week include an Oct. 22 cleanup at Penrose Community Center playground by students in the Sustainability Living and Learning Community. In addition, on Oct. 27, the School of Environmental Design has organized a cleanup of Cobbs Creek in Fairmount Park.
The university will recognize the fifth annual Campus Sustainability Day on Oct. 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Bell Tower. The event will include a green fair and will feature student organizations, academic departments and sustainability-related organizations from Philadelphia.
On Oct. 27, Bike Temple will host a Halloween costume bike ride to Laurel Hill Cemetery. Participants will meet at the Bell Tower at 1 p.m. to ride to the cemetery for a tour. Awards for best costume will be given out.
Event organizers hope to make the point that the road to success begins with a series of small steps.
"You can take small steps in just one day," said Ament.
Visit the Office of Sustainability website for a complete list of events.