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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

Waste Minimization

Blackboard logo Academic Electronic Tools

Temple's academic offices and departments have been converting to electronic media. Many instructors now post their syllabi and course packets exclusively on blackboard. Also, the registrar no longer publishes a paper course guidebook. A paperless class has also been piloted.

Printer Default Duplexing

Duplexing is the default setting for printers in the Tech Center. This reduces the amount of used paper generated.

Internet Digital Archiving

Some departments on campus have begun to digitally archive their material rather than printing and copying a hard copy.

food scraps Food Waste

Pre- and post-consumer food waste from Johnson and Hardwick and Morgan dining halls is collected for composting.

Office furniture Furniture Surplus

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.

Ground plans Housing Electronic Forms

University Housing and Residential Life have made the switch to electronic forms for registering for a room, checking out of a room and processing damaging claims.

moving box Moving guidelines

Is your office moving? Temple's moving guidelines provides information on how to dispose of unwanted material.
Click to read Moving Guidelines

Podiatry chair Podiatric Medicine Clinical Equipment Donations

The School of Podiatric Medicine makes clinical equipment available to its alumni when the school no longer wishes to retain it.

Two stacks of paper Reduced Student Printing Allocation

Students have a reduced budget for printing in the Tech Center on campus. This reduces the amount of paper generated.

Reusable coffee cup Refill Discounts

Sodexo offers discounted coffee refills at all of its locations on campus to those who bring a reusable coffee mug.

Box Rent a Crate

In Fall 2008, Temple University piloted Rentacrate products for selected student Residence Hall move-ins with great success. Rentacrate supplies durable plastic containers for moves, offering a sustainable alternative to throw-away cardboard boxes. Rentacrate bins can be used for dormitory move-ins and also by university offices for small or large moves.

Staples Return Repeat program Staples Reusable Delivery Boxes

Staples and Alpha have developed a program in partnership with Temple University where ordered office supplies are delivered in reusable boxes and returned back to Alpha. The program is estimated to remove 16,000 boxes or 12.8 tons of cardboard from the waste stream per year.

Office supplies Temple Office Supply Swap (TOSS)

Temple's Office Supply Swap (TOSS) is designed to collect surplus office supplies and make them available to the Temple University community for free in an effort to green the university. Now located at the Office of Sustainabilty, TOSS is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Learn more

Water bottle refilling station Water Bottle Filling Station

Since 2011, over 100 water bottle filling stations have been installed throughout Temple campuses, providing cool, filtered water to the Temple community. Most water bottle filling stations have a counter located on them to track how many bottles were diverted from the waste stream through the use of the station. Click to read results of student research "How Temple University Saves More than Just Water Bottles"

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