Environmental Studies News

Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts offers students the opportunity to minor or major in Environmental Studies. Offered through our Department of Geography and Urban Studies, the programs teach students to better understand and respect their environment. The faculty teaches students how environmental decision making in one part of the world affects people in other parts. By illustrating those connections they help to develop the theoretical and methodological basis that empowers graduates to make meaningful, positive change. Follow the stories here to understand the impact of those changes and please contact us if you have a story of your own you think we should tell.

photo of ice caps melting

The Department of Geography and Urban Studies recently held a panel to discuss the implications of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s October report, which is an update to 2016’s Paris Climate Agreement.

photo of Steven Romalewski presenting to audience at GIS day

Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts celebrated GIS Day 2018 with a host of talks and a workshop. At the center of the forum, was a keynote talk about how GIS technology is helping the U.S. Census Bureau ensure an accurate count in 2020.

photo of Erik Oberholtzer at one of his restaurants

Erik Oberholtzer, CLA ’91, is the founder of fast-casual chain Tender Greens and charitable organization the Sustainable Life Project. Oberholtzer recently accepted a 2018 Temple Gallery of Success Award and spoke with Environmental Studies students about fostering sustainability.

Yesterday, Forbes magazine published an interview with 2004 Alumni Ryan Bowers. The interview, Muni Bonds Are More Exciting Than You Think: An Activist Investor's Approach details Ryan's municipal finance startup company. Congratulations Ryan! 

Geography and Urban Studies students and faculty

Recognizing Excellent Instructors

Eleanor Hofkin Award: Kolson Schlosser, Geography and Urban Studies

This annual recognition is given by the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association to a member of the faculty who has a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and service to our students.

Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award: Sarah Heck, Geography and Urban Studies

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