Research

Temple University Ambler is unique within the University — providing experiences unavailable, or simply impossible, at other locations. While the campus provides the foundation to begin almost any Temple degree, Temple Ambler is also able to offer several opportunities and for students, faculty and researchers that are special to the campus — a fully accredited Aquaponics Lab, hands-on research in the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University and an annual celebration of Earth Day and environmental education among them. Our students, faculty and researchers who use the unique environments that Ambler has to offer are taking charge, changing the region, the nation and the world.

Temple University Ambler Aquaponics Lab

Students, faculty and staff continue to expand a fully accredited — and constantly growing — aquaponics garden and research lab, which has taken root in the lower level of West Hall. Temple University Ambler Aquaponics works alongside community organizations, schools, entrepreneurs, veterans and students of all majors to "farm for our future." Learn more about the Ambler Campus Aquaponics lab.

Ambler Arboretum of Temple University

The Ambler Arboretum of Temple University has a diverse range of learning gardens, from formal perennial gardens to a green roof garden, which provide a rich diversity of garden experiences. There is a reason that the Ambler Arborertum is called Temple's "Living Laboratory." Learn more about the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University.

Temple Ambler EarthFest

EarthFest began as a celebration of Earth Day designed for students of all ages. Since its inception in 2003, EarthFest has welcomed well over 120,000 visitors and hundreds of exhibitors to campus for a full day of environmental education, highlighting some of Temple's key research initiatives. Today, EarthFest also hosts a variety of hands-on educational experiences throughout the year, including an annual BioBlitz, stargazing events, the Great American Campout and the "Science of Scary" designed for learners of every age. Learn more about Temple Ambler EarthFest.

Ambler Campus Sustainability Council

The Ambler Campus Sustainability Council (ACSC) supports the development of sustainability initiatives on the Ambler Campus with respect to the built environment, environmental management, programs, services, and university policies. The Council identifies national innovations in the context of sustainable development and assesses Temple University’s participation in and readiness for sustainable development initiatives.

Ambler Campus Research News

From new innovations in the Aquaponics lab to region-spanning watershed projects, from the planning an design that creates annual Phiadelphia Flower Show exhibits to researching earthquakes, learn about the latest in research and specialized educational opportunities at Temple Ambler.

Ask Our Experts

Temple researchers from multiple disciplines explore best practices to prevent flooding and manage stormwater in addition to examining transportation systems, championing social equity and confronting important environmental issues head-on, supported by students and staff at Temple Ambler and Main Campus. Our faculty are often engaged in projects designed to assist area municipalities and Philadelphia communities; projects developed to address food equity through urban farming, revitalize neighborhood economies and change the way people view the use of public spaces. From stormwater management to environmental design, ecological horticulture to trasportation planning, if you are a member of the media, a fellow researcher or simply have a question to ask, please don't hesitate to contact us! To contact an expert, fill out the request form online.

Courses in Sustainability

Sustainability, environmental education, and sustainable initiatives filter throughout the curriculum offered at Temple University Ambler. Learn more about courses in sustainability.

Specialized Educational Facilities

In addition to the Ambler Campus Aquaponics Lab and the Ambler Arboretum, Temple University Ambler is also home to the Temple University's Infant and Child Laboratory and training faciltiies for the Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program, an essential part of the ProRanger Philadelphia Program, a partnership between Temple University and the National Park Service to training law enforcement rangers.

  • The Temple University Infant and Child Laboratory, located at Temple Ambler, invites parents and their children to help shape the future by participating in research at the frontiers of science. The Lab is directed by nationally recognized child development authorities and professors Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Dr. Nora Newcombe. Faculty and staff provide fun-filled activities for infants and toddlers who become part of cutting-edge discoveries. Parents learn more about children's first words and ability to create mental maps. In the lab, infants and toddlers teach scientists new ways to optimize education and advance learning. Learn more about the Infant and Child Laboratory.

  • Temple University Ambler is one of only seven institutions in the country to offer the Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program, which anyone seeking to becoming a National park Service ranger must complete, while Temple is just one of two sites to offer the ProRanger program. Temple is the only university to offer both. Learn more about the Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program.

Associated Temple Departments and Programs

Temple University Ambler works with numerous University departments and programs in ongoing research and specialized programming. The campus is available for all University to explore research possibilities. Temple Ambler is also home to the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture, part of the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design in the Tyler School of Art.

  • The Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) 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. The Center for Sustainable Communities was established at Termple University Ambler 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 Temple University 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. Learn more about the Center for Sustainable Communities.

  • The Division of Architecture and Environmental Design is an academic and research unit within the Tyler Schools and is located at the Ambler and Main campuses with courses also available at the Center City and Harrisburg campuses. The Division is comprised of Temple's Department of Architercture, Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture and Department of Planning and Community Development. Learn about the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design.

  • Temple's Office of Sustainability is responsible for assessing the University's sustainability efforts, studying best practices and recommending tangible short- and long-term actions the University can take to promote environmental responsibility and pursue sustainable practices. As an urban institution that is deeply engaged in the community, Temple University's commitment to sustainability can have a profound impact on the health and quality of life of a large and diverse population within Temple and its surrounding community. The university is positioned to be an important educational resource for teaching sustainability, with its three pillars of environment, economics and social justice. Learn more about sustainability efforts at Temple.