Posted October 7, 2010

Green events set stage for celebration of Sustainability Day

Temple University Sustainability Day
Photo by: Lisa Wilk
Representatives of The City of Philadelphia Recycling Office hand out recycling containers as part of last years's celebration of Campus Sustainability Day. Events will again be held on Temple's main, Ambler and Podiatry School campuses on Oct 21.

October may offer the muted hues of fall foliage, but Temple will be awash in green through much of the month. The university’s celebration of the eighth annual Campus Sustainability Day will extend for more than a week, with a series of lectures, concerts, demonstrations and green Homecoming celebrations leading up to an Oct. 20 centerpiece event. Members of the university community will have an opportunity to discuss global warming, explore alternative fuel vehicles, work on a service project, and take in presentations on urban ecology and sustainable graphic design. Highlighted events include:

Dire Predictions: Michael Mann

Oct. 13. 4-5:30 p.m.

Paley Library Lecture Hall

One of the nation’s leading climatologists, Michael Mann faced controversy in 2009 when documents and emails written by him and other leading climatologists were made public. Although the Pennsylvania State University cleared Mann of any wrongdoing, “Climategate” remains a potent example of the politicization of science. Sponsored by Paley Library and the Center for Humanities.

Odyssey Day

Oct. 15. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Outside of Ritter Hall Annex

Learn about alternative vehicles and how society can reduce its dependence on oil. Vehicles will be on display throughout the day. Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and the Philadelphia Clean Cities Program.

Campus Consciousness Tour

Oct 16. 9 p.m.

Liacouras Center

Half rock tour, half environmental campaign, CCT includes many greening elements and is staged with a minimal environmental impact. Passion Pit, K. Flay and Black Joe Lewis will perform. Tickets are $10 with TUid. Sponsored by University Student Activities and Main Campus Programming Board.

Green Day

Oct. 18. All day

Liacouras Walk and all campuses

Members of the Temple community on all campuses are encouraged to wear green to bring awareness to the sustainability movement. Take a personal sustainability pledge and watch student demonstrations on Liacouras Walk. Sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, resident assistants and the Green Team.

“GRID+Flow: Philadelphia and Beyond — Mapping and Reimagining Urban Ecologies through the Arts and Humanities”

Oct. 18. 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Annenberg Hall Atrium

Alan C. Braddock (Tyler School of Art), Peter D’Agostino (Communications and Theater) and Andrew Isenberg (Liberal Arts) present a seminar that highlights the reciprocal nature of environmental relationships in which human and non-human phenomena interact over time. Presented by the School of Communications and Theater.

“Sustainable Graphic Design:

Myth or a responsibility?”

Oct. 19. 12:30-1:50 p.m.

Ritter Hall, Kiva Auditorium

Business leader Derek Smith will talk about the North American paper and printing industries in the electronic age and speculate on where we go from here. Sponsored by Creative Services.

Campus Sustainability Day

Oct 20. Main Campus: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Bell Tower

Ambler Campus: 1:30-4 p.m.


Podiatry Campus: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Student Lounge

Join in the national celebration of the sustainability movement. Temple will hold events on three campuses: a sustainability fair at the Bell Tower; a service opportunity at Ambler Campus to restore a stream bank; and swap tables at Main and Podiatric Medicine campuses. Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.

Sodexo Sustainability Event

Oct 21. 6-8 p.m.

Johnson and Hardwick cafeteria