Temple University Hospitality Students Go Green

Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management and Fox School of Business have announced the winners of their student-run second annual Green Initiatives Awards. Sustainable event management students led by Harith Wickrema, an adjunct professor at the business school and CEO at Harith Productions, nominated businesses and secured sponsors and trade show participants for the event. The award ceremony itself was "greened" with locavore cuisine, edible printed menus, and name badges on seed paper that can be planted.

CNBC’s Tyler Mathisen, vice president and co-anchor of "Power Lunch" and "Nightly Business Report," hosted the ceremony. Speakers included Shawn M. Garvin, administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mid-Atlantic Region, Don Smolenski, president of the Philadelphia Eagles and champion of the team’s significant environmental initiatives, and Professor Geoffrey Lipman, director of GreenEarth.travel, a global think tank network, and former assistant secretary general and spokesperson of the World Tourism Organization. 

"In addition to the significance of recognizing corporate sustainability leaders, what is unique about this event is that it is entirely student-run. This hands-on experience is invaluable,” said Casey June, sustainable management student. 

Green Initiative Award recipients include:
Brandywine Realty Trust, for its breadth of green initiatives and sustainability leadership in the real estate industry.
Reed Smit,h for its leadership in implementing environmental responsibility into global corporate policy.
TD Bank, for utilizing renewable energy to power ATM’s, opening over sixty LEED certified stores and offices, and continued commitment to paper-saving methods.
Ace Group, for leading innovative and sustainable practices in the insurance industry