Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.64
Liaison Rebecca Collins
Submission Date July 31, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Temple University
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Kathleen Grady
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have one or more co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that fall into the following categories?:
Yes or No
Active student groups focused on sustainability Yes
Gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems Yes
Student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes No
Sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills No
Conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles Yes
Sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences No
Programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills No
Sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution Yes
Graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions No
Other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives Yes

The name and a brief description of each student group focused on sustainability:

a. Students for Environmental Action: SEA works to spread awareness about environmental issues while making positive environmental changes on Temple`s campus and in the community.
b. Temple Community Gardens: Temple Community Garden is a welcoming and tight-knit group of Temple students who share a passion for gardening. Members attend weekly meetings, participate in community programs and cultivate two gardens ( Main Garden: Broad & Norris; Sonia Sanchez Garden: Diamond & Carlisle).
c. Net Impact (MBA Chapter): A graduate student organization in the Fox School of Business with the mission of improving the world by growing and strengthening a network of leaders who use the power of business to make a positive net social, environmental, and economic impact.
d. Net Impact (Undergraduate Chapter): An undergraduate student organization in the Fox School of Business with the mission of improving the world by growing and strengthening a network of leaders who use the power of business to make a positive net social, environmental, and economic impact.
e. Green Council: The Green Council is a coalition of sustainability oriented student organizations that work together to raise awareness of sustainability issues on campus.
f. Philly Eco Kids: Philly Eco Kids is a student run committee that provides environmental lessons to inner city children. Philly Eco Kids covers a wide range of topics from littering, recycling, energy conservation, household toxins and natural disasters.
g. UnLitter Temple: UnLitter Temple is a student group that works to reduce the amount of litter in the neighborhoods surrounding the university’s Main Campus.
h. The Temple Vegan Action Network: seeks to educate the Temple University community about animal rights and veganism through nonviolent means. The Temple Vegan Action Network holds that all forms of animal use are wrong and that veganism is a moral obligation. The Temple Vegan Action Network commits its resources exclusively to the promotion of animal rights and veganism.
i. Slow Food Temple: Aside from addressing the complexities of food, agricultural, environmental, and health related issues, both locally and globally, we learn about and celebrate culture through cuisine
j. American Institute of Architecture Student Chapter: The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is an independent, nonprofit, student-run organization dedicated to providing unmatched programs, information, and resources on issues critical to architectural education
k. Engineers without Borders: EWB-USA supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders.


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A brief description of gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems:

Temple Community Garden is a welcoming and tight-knit group of Temple students who share a passion for gardening. Members attend weekly meetings, participate in community programs and cultivate two gardens ( Main Garden: Broad & Norris; Sonia Sanchez Garden: Diamond & Carlisle).


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A brief description of student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes:
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A brief description of the sustainable investment or finance initiatives:
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A brief description of conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

Temple University hosted the Tri-State Sustainability Symposium in Spring 2014. This symposium was geared toward students, staff, faculty and members of the region's sustainability movement. The event featured 8 different conference tracks with a breakfast and lunch keynote speaker. Students were offered a reduced admission rate. The event was held during spring break, so students would be free to attend.

In addition to the symposium, the Office of Sustainability hosts "Campus Sustainability Week" in the fall and spring semester. In fall "Campus Sustainability Week" includes the celebration of Campus Sustainability Day through the hosting of a green fair that includes approximately 60 vendors from around the city.


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A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

Fibers Department, Tyler School of Art: Creative works from students in the Alternative Materials course. The exhibit featured pieces made from found, recycled or industrial materials.


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A brief description of wilderness or outdoors programs for students that follow Leave No Trace principles:

The Temple Outdoor Club is a recognized student organization with a mission to engage the Temple student body in outdoor activities, such as hiking, backpacking, kayaking and bicycling.


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A brief description of sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
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A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
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A brief description of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities:

The Office of Sustainability, the Office of Facilities (Energy Office), the Recycling Office and the Grounds Department all offer student employment opportunities that are sustainability-focused.


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A brief description of graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions:
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

Potlucks with a Purpose: Organized by the Green Council, Potlucks with a Purpose are a monthly series aimed at raising awareness of various sustainability topics, such as composting, energy conservation and urban agriculture. This series invites experts in the field to share dinner and ideas with the general student population.


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