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Green Tip

Unplugging your devices, lowering your heat, and smartly disposing of waste are a few ways to leave for break on sustainable note!



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

Class Activities Geared Toward Increasing Sustainability Awareness

1. Campus Sustainability – A Balancing Act
Two group exercises designed to highlight the various competing interests associated with sustainability interventions on a college or university campus.

2. Food Desert Challenge
Access to a broad range of affordable healthy food can be challenging when living in North Philadelphia, an issue that is compounded for families on fixed incomes. The Food Desert Challenge gives students the perspective of what it is like to eat less food for more money.

  • Week One: Students will create a food journal to track what they eat for one week, including locations where food was purchased and the cost of each meal.
  • Week Two: Students will assess how their eating habits would change if food could only be purchased from a convenient store. Week one meals should be translated to items that can be purchased from a convenient store (such as 7-11). Journal entries should be updated to reflect any changes to meals and costs.
  • Week Three: Students will take the SNAP challenge. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides monthly food benefits to low-income families. The current allotment for SNAP is $4.50 per day. Students will learn to challenges of living on $4.50 per day in the North Philadelphia food desert.

3. Keystone Solar Course
The Community Energy Solar Praxis is a series of video course modules that cover the following learning objectives:

  • The background of solar energy;
  • The roles of each of the players involved in developing and constructing a solar project;
  • The process of fine tuning the engineering and system design work that must be done the prepare for construction;
  • The type of equipment used to construct a PV facility and how to procure it;
  • The importance of and how to use the construction schedule of a utility scale solar project;
  • The various risks in the construction process, how to prevent them, and how to address them if they arise;
  • The various post construction responsibilities in operating and maintaining a utility scale solar array.

Contact the Office of Sustainability for access to course materials.

4. Track Your Trash
In FY2013, Temple University produced 2,916.76 tons of trash. What is a student’s contribution to the overall trash amount? This student activity will document how much trash a single student produces in one week and how much this amount can be reduced by applying simple waste reduction measures.

  • Week One: Students will keep a journal to track everything that is thrown away in the trash.
  • Week Two: Students will keep a journal to track trash and document trash reduction by implementing waste reduction measures introduced in class.