Sustainability

Students use Temple’s Sustainability Certificate to achieve diverse career goals
Temple's Sustainability Certificate program provides students with an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to sustainable systems from the viewpoint of diverse disciplines.
October 29, 2014
Bike Surplus Program offers affordable bikes to Temple students
Temple's new Bike Surplus Program offers used bikes to students at reduced prices, generating its inventory from unregistered, unclaimed bikes that either have been abandoned or locked illegally at locations on campus.
September 29, 2014
Student Center introduces new composting station
Thanks to the hard work and initiative of Temple students, the Valaida S. Walker Food Court located in the Student Center has introduced a new composting system.
September 24, 2014
Temple and Community Energy to celebrate completion of solar project
Temple students, faculty and staff are invited to join Temple and Community Energy Inc. officials to ceremoniously “flip the switch” on a new, 63-kilowatt solar-generating system installed recently on Edberg-Olson Hall.
Bike Temple races to the winner’s circle
More than 100 members of the Temple community participated in Bike Temple's 2013 National Bike Challenge, a university-wide program that promotes a cycling-friendly culture on campus. Participants competed against teams from various companies, including Comcast, and fellow institutions such as Penn and Drexel. Overall, Bike Temple riders logged more than 47,000 miles, garnering first place in Philadelphia in the “Team” and “Workplace” categories.
Solar panels to be installed on roof of Edberg-Olson Hall
Temple has entered into a solar project partnership with Community Energy Inc. (CEI), a clean energy company located in Wayne, Pa. Over the next three months, CEI will build, own and operate a 63-kilowatt photovoltaic (solar) system on the south-facing roof of Temple’s Edberg-Olson Hall, located at 10th and Diamond Sts., on Temple’s Main Campus. When completed in December, it will be the first solar project of its kind at a college or university within the city of Philadelphia, supplying solar power to the Temple community.
Office Supply Swap makes recycling easy at Temple
The Computer Recycling Center (CRC) is making it easier for members of the university to reduce, reuse and recycle excess office supplies with the pilot project Temple Office Supply Swap (TOSS). Every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m., students, faculty and staff can stop by room 301 of the TECH Center to pick up or drop off supplies at no charge. Available supplies include binders, hanging folders, organization items, keyboard keys and more.
Improving eating habits is aim of health-focused community garden
Educating children and their families about the importance of healthy food choices is the goal of the Medible Learning Garden, located on the side of the Medical Education and Research Building at Temple's Health Sciences Center. The plot of green space contains several flower beds where seasonal vegetables and herbs have been planted and grown by student volunteers. The garden is set to expand in size and scope, and several programs have been planned to teach the importance of healthy, quality foods and natural remedies to local residents.
Recycling program expands to accept additional plastics
Members of the university community can now recycle mixed plastics, Nos. 1-7, thanks to an expanded recycling program that began Aug. 1. Examples of newly accepted items include yogurt cups, clamshell containers, straws, iced coffee beverage cups and a wider range of plastic containers for food and medicine. The expanded program helps advance goals set forth in the university’s Climate Action Plan to increase the recycling rate to 40 percent from 32 percent by 2015.
More than 1,600 at Temple take Earth Day pledge to conserve energy
In honor of Earth Day, more than 1,600 Temple students, faculty and staff have signed the Energy Conservation Pledge, a commitment to reducing energy consumption both on and off campus. The Office of Sustainability set out to reach 1,500 signatures by today, but surpassed the goal with weeks to spare. The pledge is part of Temple’s Energy Conservation Campaign, an effort started last semester to reduce energy use per square foot of building space by 25 percent over the next two years.
Army Corps, FEMA will discuss Sandy recovery at EarthFest
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will talk with schoolchildren and others at Temple Ambler EarthFest about efforts to restore communities hit by Hurricane Sandy. The event, which will take place on Friday, April 26, will feature more than 90 exhibits and activity stations.
Cleanup of Cobbs Creek in Delaware County kicks off Temple’s Sustainability Week events
On Sunday, a group of Temple students picked up trash and debris along Cobbs Creek in Delaware County as the first event of Campus Sustainability Week, a series of activities designed to emphasize how local action can help improve the overall environment.
Sustainability advocates practice what they preach, leave no waste behind
On March 12, Temple hosted the Delaware Valley Green Building Council's PA/NJ Sustainability Symposium, the university's first large zero-waste event. More than 800 attendees came together to share sustainable information and insights and left behind only materials that could be reused, recycled or returned to the land as compost.