In 2019, Temple University Rome started its Sustainability on Campus project, aiming to increase sustainable practices both on campus and in the local community. Thanks to our generous donors and the support of Temple University leadership, we have been able to implement several new sustainable initiatives at Temple Rome. Learn more about sustainability at Temple University.
Meet the Sustainability Ambassadors
CLA ‘24, Fall 2023 Green Grant Recipient
"When deciding to study abroad in Rome, I was specifically excited to explore the aspects of Italian culture at the intersection of the environment and society. By taking over Temple’s Instagram for Stay Local Weekend, I got the chance to attend a wide range of activities that not only demonstrated how Italians pursue sustainability through their everyday lifestyles, but also encouraged others in the Temple community to stay local and reduce the environmental impacts of our travel habits while abroad. During the wine tasting, sommelier Roberta Begossi taught us some basic principles of wine tasting that we put into practice by slowing down and savoring three high-quality, local wines - learning the rewards of valuing quality over quantity in the process. Through Prof. Roberto Mannino’s recycled papermaking workshop, not only did we reduce waste, but we also unlocked the unlimited creative potential offered by recycled materials. Through Alumni Assistant Ingrid’s photo tour of Ex Mattatoio, we saw how the community has reclaimed and transformed a formerly abandoned slaughterhouse into a vibrant artistic and cultural landmark. Finally, by leading a tour of the Campagna Amica Farmer’s Market alongside my professor, Barbara Parisi, I shared the environmental benefits of farmer-direct markets with my fellow students and we got the chance to taste the difference in quality that results from shorter food chains and the conservation of traditional foodways."
Sustainability Ambassador, 22-23 Academic Year
"I vividly remember when my second-grade science teacher informed my class that polar bears would likely go extinct in our lifetime. At just 7 years old I was devastated about the state of our planet, and ever since that day I knew I wanted to protect it. When I finally got to university, I didn't hesitate in choosing my major, Environmental Studies. I knew protecting wildlife and the planet was the career for me."
Sustainability Ambassador, Spring 2019
"As Temple Rome's first Sustainability Intern, my opportunity was one full of learning, educating, and establishing a 'green' culture at TUR. I am so grateful for the amazing experience I had interning as I improved my research and communication skills and was exposed to the Roman sustainability culture. My internship at TUR helped me secure an incredible opportunity working for WAWA Inc., in their Environmental Department doing environmental compliance- an internship I would otherwise not have secured without my experience interning in Rome."