Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.82
Liaison Rebecca Collins
Submission Date Dec. 10, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Temple University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Rebecca Collins
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):

Temple University has a central sustainability website that consolidates information about its sustainability efforts. The website address is: http://www.temple.edu/sustainability.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The newsletter is available to students, staff and faculty. It is sent out on a monthly basis and includes information about events. During RecycleMania, it is sent out weekly.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
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Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

The Office of Sustainability utilizes Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest that focuses specifically on campus sustainability:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Temple-University-Office-of-Sustainability/151939120759
https://twitter.com/templeecoowls
http://www.pinterest.com/templeecoowls/
https://www.instagram.com/tusustainability/


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat?:
Yes

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

The Temple News is the main student newspaper. The Office of Sustainability is in frequent contact with regard to features on sustainability initiatives on campus.


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

We use the sustainability website to disseminate info on student research.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

The university has installed or will be installing educational signage in the following new buildings that received LEED certification: Architecture, Morgan Hall, Science Education Research Center.

Education signage has also been installed to highlight bird strike mitigation strategies at two campus buildings.

In locations where green stormwater management installations exist, we have installed educational signage explaining the intervention.

Temple has signage explaining the green features of the Tiny House. This structure is located adjacent to the Temple Community Gardens and is totally off the grid.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Temple's main dining hall has a map of the region from where the university draws its local produce. They also have signage about food waste numbers and vegetarian and vegan options. On Mondays, the dining hall features signage encouraging meatless Mondays.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:

Signs have been installed near green stormwater management interventions to communicate the sustainable design features.


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Temple has a green campus map with suggested walking tour routes for interested individuals. Groups and organizations can also request a green campus tour from the Office of Sustainability. In 2017, the Office of Sustainability provided 20 campus tours.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:

The sustainability website provides information on sustainable transportation options. The Office of Sustainability also offers urban riding basics courses and fix-a-flat courses for bicycle commuters.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

Bike Temple is a University-wide program to promote bicycle use by the Temple community. Bike Temple aims to encourage people to travel on a bike and to do so safely. Bike Temple has its own website, which features its classes, social rides, and safety campaigns. In September of each year, Bike Temple partners with Campus Safety to promote cyclist/ped safety.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
No

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

Sustainable Event Guide from Ambler


The website URL for these materials or publications:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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