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Green Campus Tour

Guided maps of sustainability initiatives at Temple University

Climate Action Plan

Temple became a signatory of the Presidents Climate Commitment in 2008 and again in 2016.

Annual Report

Find out about Temple’s progress toward a more sustainable future by reviewing our Annual Report

Climate Commitment

In April 2008, Temple University signed the American Colleges and Universities' Presidential Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), a highly visible pledge to become carbon neutral and accelerate the development of educational and research efforts aimed at stabilizing the Earth's climate.

In accordance with the ACUPCC, Temple launched a sustainability initiative across its campuses that included the:

  • development of a climate action plan in 2010;
  • identification of a carbon neutrality date (2050);
  • submission of annual greenhouse gas inventories and biennial progress reports; and,
  • implementation of sustainability initiatives that lead to greenhouse gas emission reductions.

On April 20, 2016, the university reaffirmed its commitment by signing the Climate Leadership Statement, a new comprehensive climate commitment that incorporates carbon neutrality and resiliency as complementary strategies for addressing climate change.

Climate Commitment Timeline

April 2016: Climate Leadership Statement signed

November 2015: White House's American Campuses Act of Climate Pledge signed

May 2010:  Submission of Climate Action Plan

April 2010:  Public Forums for review and comment on Climate Action Plan

May 2009:  Completion of baseline Greenhouse Gas Inventory

July 2008:  Implement Two Tangible Actions

April 2008:  ACUPCC Signed

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