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The Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC) develops and promotes new approaches to protect and preserve quality of life through sustainable development.

We act as a resource for government agencies, community organizations, and developers, providing objective information and services to improve decision-making relative to land use and water resources planning and development.

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In the News

Temple receives EPA grant to clean up industrial contamination
Green vision for concrete schoolyard
EPA grant helps Temple take aim at potentially hazardous waste sites in Kensington
Community Invited To Take Part In Center For Sustainable Communities-Led Workshops
CSC holds public meeting on flooding and stormwater management studies
Center for Sustainable Communities leads the way in stormwater, transportation and urban greening initiatives
Center for Sustainable Communities studies Route 422 traffic with $200,000 grant
Center for Sustainable Communities receives $60,000 EPA grant to study community-driven design
Temple University Ambler EarthFest 2014 welcomes more than 7,000
Center for Sustainable Communities receives Wells Fargo environmental grant
Center for Sustainable Communities awarded $1.235 million watershed restoration grant
Center for Sustainable Communities awarded $1 million grant

Featured Projects

T-Vssi Logo Temple-Villanova Sustainable Stormwater Initiative
Temple University’s Center for Sustainable Communities and Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership is long-term partnership that combines the strengths of both research centers creating an interdisciplinary organization to demonstrate stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs), to conduct research, and to conduct a broad outreach program focusing on regional stormwater management.

Community-Driven Geodesign Process in Philadelphia
The Center proposed a framework for developing a Green Stormwater Infrastructure plan through a participatory Geodesign process and then applied the framework in Delaware Direct and Tookany/Tacony-Frankford watersheds. The Center proposed six distinct activities: development of a typology of GSI design features, GIS-based site suitability analysis for potential GSI projects in the watersheds, comparative assessment and selection of GSI project sites, visioning GSI projects through design charrettes, development of a conceptual GSI plan, and three detailed site-specific GSI project visualizations.

New Project Reports

Flooding and Stormwater Management Plan for Ambler Area Watersheds
December, 2014

Full Report

Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Best Practices for Southeast Pennsylvania’s US 422 Corridor
December, 2014

This Policy Brief has been prepared on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) through Work Order TEM 002 (Contract 4400011166) by Temple University’s Center for Sustainable Communities, the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association, and CFA Consultants, Inc.
Click here to read the Policy Brief

Wissahickon Creek Watershed Act 167 Plan
April 2014 (revised November 2014)
Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
Section 6
Section 7
Appendix A (Stormwater Ordinance)
Appendix B (Zip file)
Appendix C (Zip file)
Appendix D (Zip file)
Appendix E (Philadelphia Water Department Basin Inventory)
Appendix F (Public Comments and Responses)

Wissahickon Creek Watershed Act 167 Plan Overview - April 23, 2014

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