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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!

 

SPOTLIGHT

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

Eat Seasonal!

Eating locally-grown, seasonal food has many benefits. And now, at the dawn of the spring and summer growing season, is the best time to start!

Read on to find out about the benefits of eating locally and seasonally, as well as how to get started!

Benefits
More Affordable, Better for the Economy
Ever go apple or peach picking at a local orchard? If you have, you probably noticed it is extremely affordable! This is because the price does not include long-distance shipping costs. When you purchase locally and seasonally, you are also directly supporting small farms and the local & regional economy, which has tremendous impact on our community.
 
More Nutritious, Better Taste
Most fruits and vegetables reach their nutritional peak just as they are ready to be harvested—and food that needs to endure long distance shipping is harvested prematurely before that peak is reached. In addition to a fuller nutritional content, locally grown, seasonal food is going to be fresher, and fresh tastes better! Your taste buds will thank you.
 
Better for the Environment
All this talk about shipping miles and emissions haven’t even come up yet! You can imagine how much your environmental footprint shrinks when you opt to purchase from farms ~50 miles away, rather than food that travels cross country or even cross continental via truck, ship and airplane. Buying seasonal and local food reduces the amount of fuel used and the pollution that results. And when you choose to go organic as well, you help protect our water, air and land! Organic farmers rotate crops to increase soil fertility, use integrated pest management without harmful pesticides, and composting methods for organic waste!
 
 
Get Started Today
Need to grab a bite on the go? There are more and more restaurants emerging that recognize the benefits of seasonal food, and The Rad Dish Co-op Cafe is a great example of that. Rad Dish alternates between a spring and fall menu, and serves as a CSA drop-off location for the Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op. CSAs are a great way to get seasonal and local food with amazing variety. 

You can also purchase seasonal and local groceries, of course! The produce listed below is grown in the Tri-State region and come into season within the month of April and May.
 
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Collards
  • Fava beans
  • Fiddleheads
  • Garlic scapes/green garlic
  • Green onions/ scallions
  • Herbs
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Parsley
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Turnips
  • Thyme
  • Tomatoes
     

Click here for specific PA ripening dates.

Click here for Sustainable Table's interactive seasonal food guide.



 

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