Temple unveils plan to combat climate change

Temple University campus.
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Temple University used Earth Day to unveil its 30-year plan to combat climate change as the school aims to be carbon-neutral by 2050.

"We're trying to create a healthy community for future generations," said Temple sustainability director Kathleen Grady. 

With self-imposed consequences for not hitting greenhouse gas reduction targets every year, Grady adds. 

"If we don't meet them, Temple is on the hook to buy renewable energy credits to make sure that we meet those goals," she said. 

Campus buildings are the school's biggest emissions offender, so the plan seeks energy efficiency improvements and alternatives to traditional power sources. 

"Temple will commit to a long-term purchase of at least 50 percent of its electricity coming from a renewable source," Grady explained. 

They'll also study the impact of getting 45,000 people to and from Temple every day. 

Grady says students are the generation most motivated to do something about the environment, and they helped design the school's climate action plan. 

"The science is clear. Now is the time, because we've put it off for too long," she added.