Posted November 6, 2009

Temple marks Sustainability Day with events on three campuses

  • Lisa Wilk Representatives of The City of Philadelphia Recycling Office hand out recycling containers as part of the Oct. 21 green information at the Bell Tower on Main Campus.

Students, faculty and staff celebrated the second annual Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday, Oct. 21 with events at Temple’s main, health sciences and Ambler campuses.

According to Sandra McDade, director of the office of Sustainability, the events were designed to showcase ways members of the Temple community can “go green” in their academic, professional and personal pursuits.

“Campus Sustainability Day is a great opportunity to spread the word about what Temple is doing about sustainability and how we connect with outside organizations, government agencies and the community in furthering sustainability goals,” said McDade.

On Main Campus, event organizers held a green information fair at the Bell Tower, featuring information tables hosted by local green organizations, businesses and government organizations, as well as Temple students and academic departments. The event included live music and an electric atmosphere that captured the spirit of sustainable action.

Health Sciences campus organizers put an emphasis on recycling, conservation and the Bike Temple program. A series of presentations on these topics was offered in the Student Faculty Center, Pharmacy School and the Medical School.

Ambler Campus took a more hands-on approach, as students and faculty were encouraged to help beautify the woodland gardens near campus. Volunteers pulled weeds from campus gardens and replaced them with native shrub plantings.

Sustainability Day events followed a “Teach-in on Climate Change,” held by the Office of Sustainability on Oct. 20th in Shusterman Hall. Hosted in conjunction with the Temple Environmental Law society, the International Law Society and U.S. for Africa, the teach-in brought together Temple faculty from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to discuss the challenges of climate change.