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
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Katherine Switala-Elmhurst
Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Bike Surplus Program

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The Bicycle Surplus program resells bicycles that have been collected by Campus Safety and the Grounds Department to Temple University students. The revenue from the sales of the bicycles is used to improve bike amenities and programs on campus.

Throughout the year, Campus Safety collects, removes and stores bicycles that have been locked illegally to ADA ramps, fire exits and other important points of access. If unregistered, Campus Safety will tag the bicycles and hold them for a minimum of one year. In addition, the Grounds Department monitors bicycles left on campus and removes them from racks when the bicycles have become a target of theft (e.g., wheels are missing). Similar to Campus Safety, the Grounds Department will hold the bicycles for a minimum of one year. Campus Safety and Grounds will periodically release to the Office of Sustainability and the Computer Recycling Center (CRC) the unclaimed bikes, which have been held for longer than one year.

Upon receipt, the Office of Sustainability and the CRC assesses the bikes and determines whether they are a prospect for sale under an “as is” condition. Depending on the condition of the bicycles, the Office of Sustainability and the CRC may conduct light maintenance on the bike, such as changing a flat tire or a rusted chain in order to increase resale value. If the bicycles are not worthy of resale, the Office of Sustainability and the CRC will scrap the bicycle for parts, donate the bike for parts to Neighborhood Bike Works, or recycle the materials via an entity such as Revolution Recovery. If selected for resale, the Office of Sustainability will work with the CRC to sell the bicycles. Bikes will be made available for sale to students only, and they will be limited to one purchase per semester. Similar to its current practices, the CRC will only accept Diamond Dollars for the transaction. Any revenue that is generated through this program will be used to support the Bike Temple program.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

Campus waste minimization and financial support for Bike Temple's campus programming


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research No
Campus Engagement No
Public Engagement No
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation Yes
Waste Yes
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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