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

Temple University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.25 / 4.00 Rebecca Collins
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

The university's Master Plan outlines sustainability as a key growth principle. It also includes a green building policy for future campus growth.


A copy of the strategic plan:
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The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the sustainability plan:
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The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the climate action plan:
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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
Yes

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):

Verdant Temple Landscape Master Plan: https://campusoperations.temple.edu/campus-development/landscape-master-plan-0
Utility and Energy Conservation Master Plan (Not publicly available)


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Climate Action Plan sets forth the following measurable sustainability objectives related to curriculum:

1) Restructure the Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability and the Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability Committee (University College).
2) Increase the number of undergraduate/graduate sustainability courses by ton (10) courses from an October 2017 baseline by June 2022.
3)Increase the number of undergraduate/graduate courses that include sustainability by twenty (20) courses from an October 2017 baseline by June 2022.
4) Increase the number of departments with sustainability course offerings by two (2) departments from an October 207 baseline by June 2022.
5) Partner with the Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) to create professional development opportunities for faculty that promote interdisciplinary, inter-college sustainability courses and teaching methods for undergraduate and graduate degree programs, to be offered by spring 2020.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Climate Action Plan recommended the following measurable sustainability objectives that address research:

1) Identify, validate and amplify current sustainability research using the Electronic Research Administration database to document sustainability research and include sustainability research in Office of the Vice President for Research's annual fact sheet.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Climate Action Plan identified the following measurable sustainability objectives that address campus engagement:

1. Create a student educator program to build student awareness on campuses by 2020.
2. Increase student sustainability engagement through the development of a student green fund by 2019.
3. Create sustainability certificate program through continuing education by 2023.
4. Conduct an assessment on sustainability culture by 2021.
5. Work with Residential Life to incorporate the responsibility of sustainability engagement with student in the residence halls into existing staff member's essential duties by 2020.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Climate Action Plan identified the following measurable sustainability objectives that addresses air and climate:

Temple will target the following GHG Reduction Goals:
· 5% below baseline (fiscal year 2006) levels by 2015 (Corresponds to an emissions target of 214,907 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent by 2015)
· 15% below baseline (fiscal year 2006) levels by 2020 (Corresponds to an emissions target of 192,285 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent by 2020)
· 22% below baseline (fiscal year 2006) levels by 2025 (Corresponds to an emissions target of 176,450 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent by 2025)

Temple intends to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Climate Action Plan sets out specific measurable objectives associated with each recommended strategy for the built environment.

Develop Temple standards for new and existing building design and campus infrastructure that incorporate sustainability and climate resilience.
Develop and adopt technical specifications for all projects that incorporate its sustainable design framework.
Reduce energy use in existing building stock by 18% in a typical climatic year by 2033.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Energy Conservation Measures identified in the Utility Master Plan included (1) the reduction of outside air during non-occupancy, (2) adding carbon dioxide sensors, (3) continuous automated commissioning, (4) pipe insulation, (5) air side energy recovery, (6) interior lighting upgrades, (7) HVAC upgrades, and (8) metering. These projects will be tracked by the building, project type when completed, simple payback and energy savings. While the plan has been adopted and is being implemented, the university has not made it public due to the sensitive nature of some of the plan elements.
The Climate Action Plan sets the following energy related goals:
1. Reduce energy use in existing building stock by 18% in a typical climatic year by 2033.
2. Continue to invest in energy efficiency projects, starting in 2020 through the allocation of initial seed funds.
3. Create a Green Revolving Fund by 2020.
4. Adopt mechanical, electrical and architectural standards for renovation and new building projects which limit dependency on fossil fuel and promote established sustainable proactive by 2020.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Climate Action Plan includes the following goals:
1. Begin to address food insecurity at Temple by 2019.
2. Establish a housing and dining services/academic working group to identify opportunities for collaboration and cooperative program by 2020.
3. Temple University will reach a 50% food waste diversion target by 2022 in its four largest dining facilities.
4. Temple University's dining services will ensure that a minimum of 20% of its procurement spend is used on food the meets STARS definition of locally sourced by 2020.
5. Temple University will require its dining services provider to submit annual procurement reporting consistent with the STARS assessment program by 2019.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Landscape Master Plan promotes sustainability through the following recommendations: 1) doubling bicycle parking on campus; 2) adding bike paths on campus; 3) establishing LED fixtures as the exterior lighting standard; 4) identifying clearly recognizable outside recycling standards; 5) incorporating stormwater management features into the green spaces; 6) setting pervious pavers as the paving standard on campus; 7) increasing the number of green spaces on campus. The plan divides the landscape projects into three phases: 0-5 years; 6-10 years and 10 years and beyond.

The Climate Action Plan includes the following goals:
1. Reduce the amount of water required for landscape management by 20% by 2025 from the 2006 baseline.
2. Reduce the use of inorganic fertilizers and chemical pesticides, fungicides and herbicides by 75% by 2025.
3. Develop and implement a plan for sustainable landscape management that builds on recommendations in the Verdant Temple Plan and incorporates plantings, soil management, water conservation , and integrated pest management by 2022.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Climate Action Plan includes to following goals:
1. Temple University's dining services will ensure that a minimum of 20% of its procurement spend is used on food the meets STARS definition of locally sourced by 2020.
2. Temple University will require its dining services provider to submit annual procurement reporting consistent with the STARS assessment program by 2019.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Climate Action Plan identified the following measurable sustainability objectives that addresses transportation:
1. Increase the number of commuters who utilize a sustainable form of transportation to the campus to 75% by 2025
2. Reduce fleet-based emissions from 2006 baseline by 20% by 2030
3. Reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles on campus by 10% by 2025.
4. 50% of the university's fleet will be alternatively fueled by 2030.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Climate Action Plan includes the following goals:
1. Achieve a 50% diversion rate by 2020.
2. Increase the core recycling rate to 30% by 2020
3. Dedicate a staff person in university housing to achieve compliance with the university's waste minimization and recycling initiatives by fall 2019.
4. Temple University will reach a 50% food waste diversion target by 2022 in its four largest dining facilities.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Climate Action Plan includes the following goal:
1. Reduce the amount of water required for landscape management by 20% by 2025 from the 2006 baseline.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:

N/A


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:

N/A


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:

N/A


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The Climate Action Plan includes the following goal:
1. ITS team will develop a comprehensive strategic plan for sustainable IT at the university by the end of 2019, and begin to implement its recommendations by 2020. The plan will look at procurement, operations and engagement.


Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
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The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter ---
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) ---
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter ---
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment ---
The Talloires Declaration (TD) ---
UN Global Compact ---
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) ---

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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