ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for Temple University

Submitted on July 14, 2008; last updated on July 28, 2015

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity)
Control Public
Location Philadelphia, PA
Community Setting Large city
USDOE Climate Zone 4
Current President or Chancellor's Name Neil D Theobald
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Website
Sustainability Website

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Kathleen Grady
Implementation Liaison's Title Sustainability Coordinator
Implementation Liaison's Department Office of Sustainability
Format of Structure Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 11-20
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Staff
Description In the spring of 2007, the University President, Ann Weaver Hart, established a Sustainability Task Force (STF), comprised of students, faculty and staff to provide insights, counsel, and advice on current issues regarding environmental responsibility in large, urban universities. As a result of one of the recommendations of the STF's report, an Office of Sustainability was created to support all aspects that contribute to a sustainable environment and to work with STF on strategic planning on environmental issues. The STF was succeeded by the Sustainability Advisory Group established in 2009 to oversee the creation and implementation of the Climate Action Plan.

Tangible Actions

1. Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.

No: No

2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.

Yes: Temple University's Office of Facilities Management purchases energy-efficient appliances and equipment as a consequence of its standard construction and project specifications. This practice will be expanded to ensure that these purchases are ENERGY STAR certified and will be adapted to all other appliances purchased by the University and codified in a formal Purchasing Policy.

3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.

No: No

4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.

No: No

5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.

No: No

6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.

No: No

7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.

Yes: Temple University has participated in the national RecyleMania competition for several years and will begin to participate in the Waste Minimization program. The three measures to reduce waste are:
1. The University has active programs to reuse, sell or donate computers, electronics, chemicals and furniture. It plans to expand this program to end of year student residence halls to collect unwanted, good condition items to sell or donate.
2. The University has implemented campus printing initiatives in computer tech centers to encourage minimization such as double sided printing settings. It will review the current student allocation for free printing in the tech centers with the goal of reducing the amount and/or creating different methodologies to encourage reduction.
3. New programs are being developed to educate students and employees about waste minimization practices and other sustainability issues. These programs included new student and employee orientation, training programs for staff, and presentations to campus groups, departments and individuals.