An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainability.

The Center utilizes the expertise of Temple University faculty to conduct solutions-oriented interdisciplinary research that promotes human well-being and the integrity of the environment that supports us.

Sustainability Solutions in a Changing World

The Center for Sustainable Communities at Temple University conducts integrated social and environmental research on natural, technological, and socio-economic systems to address the challenges of sustainability—how can we meet the needs of people locally and globally through equitable, innovative and practical solutions that protect the environment which sustains life on the planet.

History

The Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) at Temple University Ambler was established in July 2000 to develop and promote new approaches to protect and preserve quality of life through sustainable development. The Center, housed in the College of Liberal Arts, draws on resources at both TU Ambler and Main Campuses to conduct interdisciplinary research and offer educational and community outreach programs. A working resource for government agencies, community organizations, and industry, the CSC provides objective information and services to improve decision-making relative to sustainable development. The Center draws on expertise from across the social and environmental sciences and diverse methodological approaches that include geospatial analysis and techniques, community-based research and citizen science.

Contact Information

Melissa R. Gilbert, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Geography and Urban Studies
Director, Center for Sustainable Communities
Temple University
mgilbert@temple.edu
Faculty Profile

Susan Spinella Sacks, M.S.
Assistant Director, Center for Sustainable Communities
Temple University
202 West Hall, Ambler Campus
(267) 468 8312
susan.sacks@temple.edu

Victor Hugo Gutiérrez-Vélez, PhD
Faculty Fellow
Center for Sustainable Communities
Temple University
victor.hugo@temple.edu
Faculty Profile