Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.04
Liaison Rebecca Collins
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2018
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Temple University
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Katherine Switala-Elmhurst
Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
Geography and Urban Studies

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

The complexity and pace of economic, environmental, and social change require that students are trained in interdisciplinary and spatially integrative analytical frameworks and specialized skills to apply to real-world conditions. As an integrative graduate program, the curriculum connects these processes, giving students strong analytical foundation that stresses spatial relations, scale transitions, place and context, and nature societal relations.

The graduate program in Geography and Urban Studies focuses on the themes of globalization, social justice, and sustainability as lenses through which to examine the development of urban regions. Our emphasis on globalization focuses on capital and labor flows, welfare state restructuring, identity, culture, and concepts of citizenship. In the realm of social justice, interest lies in how globalization exacerbates uneven development and contributes to increasing inequalities both between and within places, including economic inequalities, gender, and race/ethnicity. Our work on sustainability encompasses comparative dimensions of environmental sustainability on the national and global scales, environmental justice, land use/land cover analysis, sprawled development patterns, and urban ecology. As an integrative graduate program, the curriculum connects these processes, giving students a strong analytical foundation that stresses nature and societal relations, place and context, scale transitions, and spatial relations.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
City and Regional Planning

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):

The graduate City and Regional Planning program prepares students to be professional planners with skills and knowledge to address the complex challenge of improving neighborhoods, cities, and regions. Students graduate with strengths in sustainability, environmental planning, community engagement, and advanced methods as well as a broad-based understanding and awareness of the physical and economic aspects of planning, sensitivity to the social and environmental impact of planning decisions, and a knowledge of governmental structures as they apply to planning.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Environmental Engineering

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):

Understand and interpret the dynamics of man-made and natural pollutants, environmental systems, and the sustainability of natural resources in the Environmental Engineering Master of Science (MS) program in the College of Engineering at Temple University. Prepare to execute projects that model the flow, use and disposal of resources to address climate, environmental and sustainability issues. Combine in-class learning with research and practical work for a robust educational experience.


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Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
Sustainable Community Planning Certificate

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:

The core courses in the graduate certificate in Sustainable Community Planning program introduce students to the broad range of issues and topics relevant to planning for sustainable development of our cities and regions. Elective courses provide the opportunity to deepen knowledge and training in specific areas of sustainability and environmental planning.

Students in the graduate certificate in Sustainable Community Planning will: 1) gain knowledge of the historical evolution of the concept of sustainable development and its multiple definitions; 2) understand the discourse of theory and practice of sustainable development at the local, regional and global level; 3) be able to develop indicators to monitor and evaluate the sustainability of site, community and regional actions, plans and designs; 4) recognize models of sustainability and know how to use such models to inform their professional practice; 5) understand how to incorporate sustainability principles into planning practice to address the interrelationships between social, economic and environmental factors; and 6) have improved research, writing, and communication skills.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Stormwater Management Ceretificate

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

The Graduate Certificate in Stormwater Management in the College of Engineering helps you develop the graduate-level expertise to address the effects associated with stormwater management without enrolling in a graduate degree program. Increased stormwater runoff, causing flooding and erosion in urban stream ecosystems, is a growing environmental issue. You’ll study the effects of urban runoff on stream channels in this certificate program and learn best practices to prevent the degradation of ecosystems.


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