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.

Darion Porter

The senior environmental studies major has big plans for his degree. Watch the video as Darion tells us how he's making a positive impact on the world.

A brand new park is about to pop up in Doylestown Borough, but it isn’t somewhere off the beaten path. It will be right in the heart of town thanks to a collaboration between temple University Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture faculty and students and community volunteers.

After completing his PhD in Geography and Urban Studies, Mike served as the Community Resilience and Climate Adaptation Specialist and Extension Agent at Sea Grant and the Associate Director of Resilience Strategy Delivery at 100 Resilient Cities. Mike is now a Lead Researcher in Ethnographic and Qualitative Studies at LiquidHub.


Fox's dilemma: The Narberth native and 2010 Temple University graduate with a degree in environmental studies had just closed a photography business she and her brother Nikolai operated for three summers. "I decided to enter that terrifying space of taking a year without any plans," Fox recalled, citing her mother, Teresa, a meditation instructor, as the inspiration for that timeout. So to McShea's Fox went, wearing a hooded scarf she had made out of old sweaters. "All of a sudden, I realized everyone was looking at me," Fox said.

Pennypack Park

James Duffy

The Center for Sustainable Communities at Temple University has been awarded a $1.235 million grant from the William Penn Foundation to provide oversight, expertise and support for dozens of restoration projects in five watersheds in the Philadelphia region.