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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

Energy and Buildings

bird netting at Beury Bird Collision Mitigation

Since 2004, Temple has been conducting research on bird collisions with campus building windows. Philadelphia is situated along the Atlantic Flyway migration route and bird collisions into windows are a major problem. Birds do not perceive glass as a solid object. They see a reflection of their habitat or nothing at all causing the bird to collide with the window and either die from impact or become injured. Click to read more about research and mitigation efforts on campus

Construction Construction Waste Recycling

Temple recycles waste material from new construction activities. Over 90% of construction debris is typically diverted from the landfill.

Temple lightbulb Energy Conservation Campaign

Following through with the Climate Commitment, Temple is making efforts to become a more sustainable institution by setting a goal of reducing energy consumption by 25% over the next two years. Launched in July 2012, the Energy Conservation Campaign will advance the university’s commitment to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs. Read more

Lightbulb in pile of money Energy Conservation Policy

Driven by rising utility costs, tighter budgets and a growing imperative to preserve natural resources, Temple has instituted an energy conservation policy designed to reduce energy consumption throughout the university community. Read the Full Policy.

Energy meeting Energy Teams

In an effort to help the university reduce energy consumption, building-specific Energy Teams have been established.  Launched in Fall 2012, Energy Teams promote energy conservation at Temple by identifying and implementing opportunities for energy reduction, encouraging and empowering fellow building occupants to conserve energy and spreading the word about the university’s energy conservation goals and accomplishments. Read more

Architecture building Green Buildings

Temple's new Architecture building, Medical Education and Research Building interior fit-out, Morgan Hall, Montgomery Parking Garage and the Science Education and Research Center have been built to LEED standards. Click to learn more.

Roof top solar panels Green Energy

From solar to renewable energy credits, click to learn more about how Temple utilizes green energy.

Light switch decals Light Switch Decals

Light Switch Stickering was initiated in February 2009 to support Temple's implementation of the Energy Conservation Policy. Light switch stickers have been installed by volunteers in buildings across the campus to remind people to turn the lights off when leaving a room. In addition to being in accord with Temple's commitment to become carbon neutral, turning off the lights is an easy way to help the university save money in this time of economic belt tightening.

Fitness Mezzanine Pearson McGonigle Gym

The Fitness Mezzanine located at Pearson McGonigle Hall features cardio equipment that uses the energy from your workout to produce and help power the building. Workout here for a healthy body and healthy conscience. More info

Wall plugs Plug Load Management

In an effort to reduce energy loads from electronic devices plugged into an outlet, Temple is currently testing the use of the Bert plug load management system and the use of smart strips in a number of its Main Campus buildings.

Roof top solar panels Solar at Edberg-Olson

Completed in December 2013, the 4,500 SF, 63-kilowatt solar array installed on the south-facing roof of Temple's Edberg-Olson Hall is the first solar project of its kind at a college or university within the city of Philadelphia. The system is owned and operated by Community Energy Inc. Click to read more

Solar charging station Solar Charging Stations

Use the sun to charge your personal devices at one of three Main Campus solar charging picnic tables. Each station is equipped with 4 standard outlets, 2 usb ports and a battery-storage system to allow you to plug in at any time of day. Two tables are located at the vendor pad and one at the corner of Liacouras and Polett Walks.

Tiny House Temple Tiny House

The Tiny House is a student designed and student constructed sustainable building located at Temple Community Garden on Main Campus. Completed in spring 2017, the 175 square foot net-zero structure features a high performance thermal envelope construction, vegetated roof, rainwater harvesting, solar photovoltaic system and a thermal energy collection system. Learn More

RecycleMania Temple Basketball Game The Liacouras Center

From composting to energy efficient lighting, the Liacouras Center is taking action to make its facilities more environmentally friendly.