Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.04
Liaison Rebecca Collins
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Temple University
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kathleen Grady
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have one or more active student groups focused on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of active student groups 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. Notable accomplishments include: installing composting in the retail food court of the Student Center (2014/2015), hosting a community organizing training (fall 2015), and hosting numerous speakers/workshops (2013-2017). They are self governed, and held elections in spring 2017.
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). In spring 2016, they helped design and install the university's first edible landscaping pilot project. They are self governed and held elections at the end of fall 2017.
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. The organization hosts speakers and events throughout the year. They are self governed, and hold elections each year.
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.Net Impact hosts speakers and symposiums on the triple bottom line. A staple event is their Fair Foods Fair, held each spring. In fall 2015, they launched the university's first attempt at a "Trash to Treasure" move out model. They are self governed, and hold elections each year.
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. The green council hosted the potluck with a purpose series (2012-2015). The Green Council is comprised of students representatives from each organization. The council is self governed, but received student administrative support from an Office of Sustainability intern.
f. 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. The organization hosts block cleanups in surrounding neighborhoods throughout the year. The organization is governed by students.
g. 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. The AIAS invited the Campus Consciousness Tour to campus and hosted it at the School of Architecture in spring 2016. The organization is student governed and they hold elections.
h. 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. EWB has had a successful relationship with the Uber Street Farm, developing the urban farm's infrastructure during the period of (2014-2016). The group is student governed and they hold elections each year.


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Does the institution have gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

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: Diamond & Carlisle Streets; Sonia Sanchez Garden, Edible landscaping garden outside of Ritter Annex). In addition to TCG, the Sustainability LLC developed a community garden in the residence hall's courtyard.


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Does the institution have student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes (e.g. cafés through which students gain sustainable business skills)?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

The Rad Dish Co-Op Cafe is the first and only student-run cooperative in Pennsylvania. They aim to provide an option for conscious, sustainable consumption and educational opportunities about issues of sustainability, food justice, and the importance of cooperatives. The Rad Dish Co-Op Cafe opened on February 5, 2015 at Temple University, and has been serving up sustainability ever since. The co-op includes students from across the university, including art, accounting, film, community development, risk management, social work, environmental studies, entrepreneurship, and journalism.


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Does the institution have 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

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
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Does the institution have conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:

The university hosts a variety of sustainability events aimed at students, many of which are student organized or led. Below provides just a few examples of programming offered.

Temple University hosted the Tri-State Sustainability Symposium in spring 2016. 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. Campus Sustainability Week also features panel discussions, lectures, demonstrations, community service projects and interactive displays throughout the entire week. Many of the events are coordinated by student interns in the Sustainability Office.

In 2015 and 2016, students organized for Teens Turning Green's Campus Consciousness Tour to come to campus for a town hall and a tabling event. The event was geared toward changing the culture of the campus and encouraging students to change their every day lifestyle. Students handled all of the coordination, logistics and marketing of this event.

Each year, the university participates in RecycleMania. To celebrate the 10 week period, the Office of Sustainability holds weekly events that highlight waste minimization and recycling practices. Sample events include Basketball Game green team kickoff, Trashion Show, Cardboard Castle Construction Contest, documentary screenings, clothing swaps, and tours of the recycling facilities.

In FY17, the university hosted a year-long collaboration on the theme "Seeing Stories: Visualizing Sustainable Citizenship". This programming series brought artists, activists and social practitioners to the campus to demonstrate what a sustainable future could look like. This series included events with the Fallen Fruit Collective, Carol Adams, the Land Arts Generator Initiative, environmental justice roundtables, Mel Chin and more.


The website URL where information about the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability is available (optional):
Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:

Temple harnesses the arts to raise awareness and engage students in climate action. A few notable examples include the following exhibitions/events.

In fall 2015, Tyler School of Art and the Office of Sustainability invited artist Caroline Rothwell to create a mural on the side of a parking garage using emissions collected from the campus steam plant. The mural featured native plants to Pennsylvania. Following the installation of the mural, the university hosted a panel to discuss the role carbon plays in our lives. Moderated by Grid magazine Managing Editor Heather Shayne Blakeslee, the panel discussion also included Dana Dentice, coordinator of the Plant One Million campaign with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and Youness Sharifi, who has studied some of the world’s largest man-made environmental disasters, such as the Deepwater Horizon and Exxon Valdez oil spills.

In spring 2016, the Office of Sustainability hosted a "Trashion Show" featuring fashions designs made out of trash and recycling to promote the university's participation in RecycleMania. The designs were made by students, and student groups focused on waste reduction/recycling were invited to table at the event.

In spring 2016, the Office of Sustainability also worked with the Film and Media Arts department to have a film festival entitled "Climate, Sustainability and the Arts". Faculty and students screened their films on the video wall at the Science Education and Research Center.


The website URL where information about the cultural arts events, installations or performances is available (optional):
Does the institution have wilderness or outdoors programs (e.g. that organize hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students) that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
Yes

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

The purpose of this group is to create a network of people at Temple University who like the outdoors and to provide opportunities for students to go outside of Philadelphia to do activities such as hiking, biking, backpacking, camping, paddling, skiing, rock climbing, and more. This group also works to promote leave-no-trace and responsible outdoor recreational practices to help preserve the environment where such activities occur. Weekly on-campus meetings are held for members to socialize and plan upcoming trips and events.


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors programs is available (optional):
Does the institution have sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g. choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading)?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

In FY17, Temple Contemporary, the Paley Library, the Office of Sustainability, and academic departments across campus have curated a year long program of speakers and workshops around the theme of Seeing Stories: Visualizing Sustainable Citizenship. The collective goal is to explore how visual media can help create a sense of urgency around a more sustainable future, including sustainable food systems, habitat, water and energy. https://tyler.temple.edu/tags/seeing-stories


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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
No

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
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Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

The Office of Sustainability, the Office of Facilities (Energy Office), Rad Dish Co-op, Surplus program, Computer Recycling Center and the Grounds Department all offer student employment opportunities that are sustainability-focused.


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Does the institution have graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledges:
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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
Yes

A brief description of the other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

Temple offers a sustainability themed living learning community in the 1940 Residence Hall. Students select to live in the community if they are interested in sustainability. The programming on the floor is sustainability themed. They take a first year seminar course on sustainability. They also participate in an early welcome program that focuses on sustainability. A peer mentor is selected to help them transition to Temple and guide them in their quest to be involved in the sustainability movement on campus.


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