Be part of the sustainability movement- volunteer with the Office of Sustainability!

Volunteering with the Office of Sustainability is one of the best things you can do for yourself and the North Philadelphia community. 

Community engagement can help students develop leadership skills while deepening their understanding of practical, real-world sustainability challenges and solutions. From helping to sort food and clothing collected during move out, to removing invasive species, to participating in a city wide clean-up or volunteering to at Temple Thrift - these activities help develop a personal sense of compassion and empathy while contributing to a more sustainable and just climate future.

Learn more about how you can get involved. 

Give + Go Green

Give + Go Green is an annual event where students donate food and clothing that they do not wish to take with them when they move out of the residence halls in May. Each year, collection boxes are placed in the lobbies of  residence halls so that students can easily donate items they would otherwise throw in the trash. Check out our Donation Resource Guide to find out more about what to donate. 

Volunteers are needed every May to help sort the donated items. Calls for volunteers are made every April. 

Temple Thrift

Every fall the Office of Sustainability hosts thrift sales to promote reuse and raise awareness about textile waste. All  clothing sold at Temple Thrift is donated by students during Give + Go Green at the end of the spring semester. Most of the items are under $3 and all are sold for less than $10.

Additionally this event supports Temple's Climate Action Plan goal to begin to address food insecurity on campus. All of the proceeds raised from Temple Thrift sales go directly to The Cherry Pantry. 

We depend on volunteers like you to make our pop-up thrift events a success. 

We open volunteer sign-ups in August every year.

Picture of Temple Thrift, colorful garments displayed on table.
Temple Thrift

Off-Campus Cleanups

The Office of Sustainability hosts several stewardship events each academic year to give students opportunities to foster relationships, model sustainable leadership and make our neighborhoods, public spaces, natural lands cleaner, healthier and happier places.

It is Temple’s hope and priority that students feel integrated into the rich fabric of the diverse North Philadelphia community and make a positive contribution to it as responsible stewards and good neighbors. For more on the Good Neighbor Initiative, click here.

Love Your Park Fall Service Day | November

The Office of Sustainability coordinates groups of students to participate in Love Your Park every November.  Love Your Park - a collaboration between  Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and Philadelphia's Park Friends Network - works to support communities in activating Philadelphia’s parks and other natural areas. For Fall Service Day, Temple students join Park Friends groups near campus to clean, green, and celebrate our favorite Philly parks by collecting leaves for compost, planting trees and flower bulbs, and cleaning up after a very busy summer.

Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Partnership | World Water Day in March

To celebrate World Water Week, Temple's Office of Sustainability partners with Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc to improve the health and vitality of our watershed by picking up litter, removing debris, and weeding invasive species in an early spring clean-up around World Water Day on March 22.

Philly Spring Cleanup | April

Philly Spring Cleanup is the largest citywide cleanup of the year sponsored by the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Streets. Every April, thousands of volunteers take part, cleaning their neighborhoods and parks in over 300 different projects all over the city. Grab a broom and join your fellow Temple Owls on a block near you!

Two students participate in a cleanup. Both are holding a bag of litter, smiling at the camera.
World Water Day Cleanup