Temple Students Benefit from Sustainability Day

Giveaways and going green – those went hand in hand at the Campus Sustainability Day green fair.

All week, students have been learning about campus sustainability and going green.

The highlight of the week was the green fair, where students collected information about farming, biking, energy and everything in between.

Students even watched demonstrations from the Philadelphia water department, which showed the flow of rainwater downhill into the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers.

Like many students, Temple is making progress in becoming more sustainable.

“We’ve been very aggressively working on an energy conservation campaign and from a waste and recycling perspective,” said Kathleen Grady, Director of Sustainability. “We finally rolled out recycling plastics one through seven. So now, students can recycle essentially pretty much all types of plastic.”

These changes come at a time when sustainability is a growing concern among students.

“Sustainability is important because we only have one Earth and we need to take care of it,” says Adam Reicherter, a senior communications student.

“Massive change starts with one person, so it’s important for like every person to realize that sustainability is something they should be paying attention to,” added junior, Daniel Graney.  ­­

The fair showed students that there are many ways to get involved and make a difference.

“It’s really not just about recycling,” said Grady. “It’s a really big comprehensive approach and I think that’s what this event does really well.”

Thanks to campus sustainability programs, students are on their way to going green and making Temple more sustainable. To find out how you can get involved, visit the Office of Sustainability website. 


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