"In this time of acute awareness of the earth's fragility and limited resources, Temple has an obligation to demonstrate how a large urban university can responsibly participate in the global community.  The University can act as a model institution and a resource to address growing concerns among citizens and government at all levels and design permanent, affordable, practical and forward-looking programs for sustainability."  
- President Ann Weaver Hart
  • In 2010, Temple recycled over 932 tons of paper fiber which saved 15,844 trees.
  • The paper, glass, metals, plastic, and organic material Temple recycled in 2009 saved a total of about 22,635 million BTUs of energy, enough energy to power 215 homes for one year.
  • From 2006 through calendar year 2010 Temple reduced overall air emissions by more than 1000 tons.
  • It costs $150 per ton to dispose of waste.  It costs $30 per ton to recycle.  The cost advantage is driving investment in the recycling program to add new collection capacity.
  • Facilities Management continues to replace its aging fleet with alternate energy powered vehicles. Currently the fleet features two hybrid Ford Escapes, one electric vehicle and 24 natural gas vehicles
  • Temple has invested in 3 natural gas pumping stations to fuel the 24 CNG vehicles, 2 pump stations on Main Campus and 1 pump station at Ambler Campus.
  • The addition of the CNG pumping station at Ambler Campus enables Facilities Management to employ 4 new city style CNG buses as the Ambler Shuttle transports. This investment significantly reduces air emissions in the TU Shuttle Bus operation.
  • The installation of 13 diesel oxidation catalysts on the diesel fleet helps to clean the vehicle exhaust of harmful particles.  
  • We match plants to site conditions to reduce the need for supplemental inputs of water, labor and landscape products
  • Invasive exotic plants which produce seeds that move off campus and become problematic weeds in the surrounding neighborhoods have been eliminated from our planting list
  • The Grounds Department uses an integrated grounds management strategy. We strive to balance inputs of manual labor, machinery, landscape products, water and good horticultural practices to achieve a beautiful and healthy campus landscape while minimizing undesirable impacts to our natural environment.
  • We strive for biodiversity among plant species in the campus landscape.  We are also proactively planting the next generation of shade and flowering trees, to insure that younger trees are coming along as older trees decline and require removal.
  • In 2012, we installed a dedicated organic waste compactor adjacent to the Grounds Department operations center.  Organic waste from our horticultural operations is kept out of the landfill and recycled into useful compost at a professional facility offsite.

  • Native plants are used to attract a diversity of songbird species and maintain a sizeable population of squirrels contributing to a familiar and comforting outdoor environment, especially for those students accustomed to suburban or rural living

  • Temple University's Fact Book is issued electronically and available on our website
  • Capital expenditure requests are distributed electronically
  • Construction, bid drawings and specifications are issued on a DVD for all large projects.  The Medical School used DVD's to issue construction drawings to contractors, saving 23,000 pounds of paper or the equivalent of almost 200 trees
  • Storm water management is required in all of our new projects.  We are reviewing the possibility for a campus wide storm water management plan
  • An analysis of permeable versus non-permeable surfaces has been performed for the Main Campus.  This study gives us a better understanding of our grounds facilities
  • We are researching alternative roofing materials that will reduce the solar heat effect on our buildings and infrastructure
  • Our guide specifications identify low VOC limits in paints, sealants and carpet systems
  • We have specified the use of a "heat recovery" wheel in the new School of Medicine
  • We are members of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)


  • Occupancy sensors are required for all renovations
  • Direct Digital Controls (DDC) are required for all mechanical system installations or upgrades
  • All DDC controls must be tied into the campus energy management system
  • The standards are distributed electronically to all professional design firms
  • Many sustainable and energy-conserving measures for both new construction and renovations
  • Electronic ballasts and fixtures
  • Non-CFC (no chlorofluorocarbons) building equipment
  • Recycled content of building materials
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professionals as participants of project teams
  • Energy star rated appliances
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