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Get involved by volunteering with our office, joining a green student org, or helping other groups in the Philadelphia area



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

Greenhouse Gas Inventory

One of the requirements of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is to complete a Greenhouse Gas Inventory. Temple University has submitted inventories for fiscal years 2006 through 2017. A Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory quantifies Temple University’s anthropogenic GHG emissions from energy consumption, waste disposal, agricultural activities, use of chemicals and refrigerants, and commuter transportation choices. The inventory serves as a baseline and guide for GHG reduction strategies as Temple moves towards achieving carbon neutrality. Temple’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory includes only those campuses in the United States where the university has operational control and can enforce a change in policy and include Main Campus, Ambler College, College of Podiatric Medicine (COPM), and the Health Sciences Campus (HSC).

In FY 2017, Temple University’s total gross emissions were 207,311 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTeCO2). Of the total emissions, 48% were attributable to purchased electricity consumption, 24% to stationary sources, 20% to transportation activities with a large portion attributable to commuting and 4% to solid waste. Mobile sources (university fleet), refrigerants, fertilizers, purchased steam, and transmission and distribution losses made up the remainder, approximately 4% of the total emissions. Temple’s total gross emissions were reduced to a net of 184,867 MTeCO2 through carbon offsets. Click to read the FY2017 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Update












Prior Year Inventories

FY2016 GHG Inventory Update
FY2015 GHG Inventory Update
FY2014 GHG Inventory Update
FY2013 GHG Inventory Update
FY 2012 GHG Inventory Update
FY 2011 GHG Inventory Update
FY 2010 GHG Inventory Update
FY 2009 GHG Inventory Update
FY 2006-2008 Executive Summary
FY 2006 GHG Inventory