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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

Student Green Grant

The Office of Sustainability wants to fund your next big green idea.

Temple University's Student Green Grant builds upon our institutional commitment to sustainability by funding student-led projects seeking to positively impact our local environment and community.

Last year, Temple Student Government's Sustainability Taskforce won for their Compost Collection Service, a student-led, bike powered organic waste collection service. Find out more about how they're turning garbage into nutient rich gold, or soil to fuel the Temple community's organic vegetable garden and farmstand here

The Award

Selected applicants can receive up to $1,500. One award will be given every year during the fall semester. A portion of the award will be given at the start of the project to cover start-up costs, and the rest will be given throughout the award period upon the submission of a progress reports and project completion. Funds may be used for: supplies and materials required to implement project; research or measurement tools required for project measurement; marketing materials; reimbursement for guest speakers and/or consultants; local travel expenses associated with project implementation via SEPTA. Funds may not be used for student wages, food and beverages, and non-SEPTA travel expenses.

Project Requirements
The proposed project must address at least one component of sustainability (environmental, economic, social) as outlined in Temple University’s definition of sustainability. Priority will be given to projects that address all three aspects of sustainability. Projects must also include an educational, community engagement, and/or outreach component. 


  • Applicants are required to be a recognized student organization.
  • Project Leaders from the student organizations must also be enrolled in Temple University both at the time of application submission and the following semester.
  • Project Leaders must have at least one semester of involvement with their student organization at the time of application submission.
  • Projects that involve participation or partnership from non-Temple Students (e.g. community members, local non-profits, etc.) are permitted, but projects are required to be student-led.
  • Applicants must also identify a faculty mentor prior to application submission.
  • Faculty mentors must have relevant experience and/or insight into the project’s operations and goals.

Expectations of Award Recipient

  1. Progress Reports: Award recipients are expected to prepare bi-monthly (every other month) progress reports reviewing the project’s milestones as outlined in the submitted timeline. These progress reports will be reviewed at meetings with the Office of Sustainability throughout the award period.
  2. Report: Award recipients will submit a report upon the completion of their project. Reports are expected to be well-written and organized. This report should summarize the purpose of the project, the implementation of the project, and review the final product, results, and/or impacts. Photos and other supporting documents should be included in this report. The final report will be shared on The Office of Sustainability’s website.
  3. Participation in Office of Sustainability Events: Award recipients are expected to participate in at least one education presentation or demonstration of their project during an Office of Sustainability sponsored event.


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