Garden Feeds Sustainable Campus Goals

To celebrate Temple’s revised climate action plan, The Office of Sustainability decided on the theme of “Act on Climate: the Road to 2050” for this years sustainability week.

“We are looking at our road map to 2050, the road to 2050 being the year that are going to carbon neutralizing institution,” Caroline Burkholder said. 

The Temple Community Garden was established in 2009 and is just one way Temple is striving toward carbon neutrality. Garden president, Connor Caruso says their impact is going the extra mile.

“In an urban environment a lot of our food is actually shipped in whether it driven in by trucks or comes by air by boat there’s a lot of emissions that are associated with the types of foods that we see in an urban environment.” Caruso said.

The Temple community can bring their food waste such as egg shells and banana peels to the compost bin vastly reducing greenhouse gas emissions which otherwise would have been caused by transportation to landfills.

The garden off Diamond and Carlisle Streets isn’t the only place the club is active in the Temple community. The club also has a space outside Ritter Annex where you are able to grow and harvest vegetables at your discretion. The club also plants flowers in the large concrete bowls across campus.

“As such a big university, we can be a model for other schools in the city as a whole to look at what we’re doing and try and just improve everyone’s impact,” said Community Garden Secretary, Claire McGlinchey.

The Temple community is continuing to move forward with their plans to a carbon neutral university. The Temple Community Garden is just one group that is helping to make these goals possible.

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