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Green Tip

Buying local and cutting back meat are just a few of the ways you can green your grocery routine!



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

Katherine Switala Elmhurst

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Program Manager

Katherine joined the Office of Sustainability in August 2009 while pursuing her Ph.D. in Engineering from Temple University. As the Program Manager, her main responsibilities are preparing Temple's annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory, supporting the LEED certification process for campus buildings and leading sustainability-related student research.

Prior to joining the Office of Sustainability, Katherine worked for nearly ten years for an architectural, engineering and planning firm specializing in historic building preservation. She received her B.S. degree in Building Science and Construction from Auburn University, her M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado and her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Temple University. She is a LEED Accredited Professional. When not trying to promote sustainable design or bid on vintage furniture through Temple's surplus property program, she is a busy mom to two kids and a service dog.

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