As a member of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), Temple University developed a Climate Action Plan which was submitted on May 24, 2010, and outlines Temple's plan for achieving climate neutrality, including:
- Establishing a target date for achieving climate neutrality;
- Setting interim targets for goals and actions that will lead to climate neutrality;
- Integrating sustainability into the educational curriculum;
- Expanding research and community engagement;
- Establishing mechanisms for tracking progress on goals and actions.
In fall 2015, Second Nature, the governing body of the ACUPCC, introduced revised language of the Presidential Climate Commitment and asked ACUPCC signatories to endorse the new comprehensive climate commitment that incorporates carbon neutrality and resiliency as complementary strategies for addressing climate change. Temple signed the Climate Leadership Statement on April 20, 2016, committing to the following additional activities:
- Appointment of a presidential task force to oversee the identification of resiliency goals;
- Development of a resiliency component of its climate action plan within the first two years of signing;
- Identification of a target date when the resiliency threshold will be met;
- Completion of annual progress reports rather than biennial reports;
- Inclusion of resiliency in the academic curriculum and research opportunities; and,
- Requirement to revisit, revise if necessary, and resubmit the climate action plan every five years.
Temple University published its revised Climate Action Plan in April 2019. This updated version includes resiliency strategies.
Click here to view the 2019 Climate Action Plan.