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.
Find out about Temple’s progress toward a more sustainable future by reviewing our Annual Report
Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, the Office of Sustainability and the Computer Recycling Center serve as collection points for recycling rechargeable batteries on campus. Click to learn more about battery recycling.
Environmental Health and Radiation Safety minimizes waste through the following items: 1) Chemical Redistribution (the taking of unused and unexpired chemicals and allocating them to other labs); 2) Mercury Exchange (changing out mercury-containing equipment for mercury-free alternatives); 3) Chemical Recycling (certain chemicals can be recycled and reused, saving on the cost of purchasing new chemicals or the disposal of old ones).
|Construction Waste Recycling||
Temple recycles waste material from new construction activities. Over 90% of construction debris is typically diverted from the landfill.
|Core Material Recycling||
Temple recycles mixed paper, cardboard, plastics #1-7, aluminum beverage containers and glass beverage containers. Offices are provided with desk side mixed paper recycling containers. Large hallways and common spaces are equipped with comingled beverage containers and mixed paper containers. Apartments and suites in the residence halls are equipped with individual recycling containers for paper and comingled beverage containers. Comprehensive list: what can be recycled at Temple.
The Computer Recycling Center, an EPA Award Winner, is an assembly line operation in which surplus electronic equipment is evaluated and either refurbished or properly recycled. Refurbished equipment is made available for purchase to current staff, faculty and students via a webstore at https://computerservices.temple.edu/lab/computer-recycling-center.
University departments give their surplus to Campus Operations. This surplus furniture is made available to other departments on campus as an alternative to purchasing new furniture. The general public may bid on the university's surplus inventory. For more information, visit Temple Surplus Property.
|Give + Go Green||
Give + Go Green is an annual event where students donate food, clothing, and office supply items that they do not wish to take with them when they move out of the residence halls in May. Each year, we place collection boxes in the lobbies of our residence halls so students can easily donate items they would otherwise throw out. We then sell these items during Temple Thrift to raise money for the Cherry Pantry. More information about Give + Go Green can be found here.
Since January 2010, Temple’s graduation gowns have been made from 100% recycled plastic.
|Leaves / Tree Limbs / Brush||
Temple captures leaves, tree limbs and brush and utilizes it to create mulch.
The University has outdoor recycling containers that collect comingled materials. Click for comprehensive list of recyclables.
Temple Facilities with a private individual who collects the empty pallets on campus for reuse.
|Plastic Bag Recycling||
Temple has plastic bag recycling collection centers located around campus. Click to find locations.
|Printer Cartridge Recycling||
Temple departments recycle their printer cartridges by shipping them back to the company for free using UPS. Also, Fox School of Business operates a collection for printer cartridges on campus. The collection is located in the Paley library and in Alter Hall. The Computer Recycling Center collects toner and ink cartridges for recycling.
|Scrap Metal Recycling||
In 2010, the university launched a new recycling initiative aimed at recovering and recycling scrap metal.
|Temple University Center City (TUCC)||
Beginning in spring 2013, TUCC unveiled single stream recycling through which members of the Temple community can recycle glass, aluminum, paper, cardboard and plastics #1-7 all in the same container.
|Tyler Glass Recycling||
Tyler, the Office of Facilities Management and New Age Blast Media partnered to collect recycled glass from the Tyler glass blowing studio as a raw material for reuse.
|Waste Oil Recycling||
Sodexo has partnered with Waste Oil Recyclers to take Temple's waste oil and process it for resale as fuel.