Temple University turning the tables on energy use

Temple is the first university in Pennsylvania to install these tables, according to the manufacturer, EnerFusion, Inc.

Three new picnic tables have been installed at Temple University to help the school meet its goal of reducing its energy consumption by 25 percent within the next two years.

Each Solar Dok table is shaded by a striped umbrella topped with solar panels. The panels provide continuous power to four standard electric outlets on the umbrella’s support pole; each pole also has two USB outlets. The panels provide enough power to recharge people’s phones, tablets, laptops and other gadgets. They also store power that is used to provide LED lighting in the evening.

The Office of Sustainability considers education a vital component of the university’s efforts to reduce energy usage. Temple’s sustainability coordinator, Kathleen Grady, says the tables can play a role in that educational effort, since each has a meter that shows how much power the unit is generating.

“Unlike solar panels that are on roofs of buildings, these stations allow students to get up close and personal with solar because they are at a human scale,” says Grady. “This project is a great tool because it helps us understand both the advantages and limitations of solar technology.”

Making the military’s list

Several schools in the region have been named to the latest list of military-friendly schools. These institutions provide an exceptional level of services and programs targeted to current and former
members of the U.S. military.
   
Arcadia University
   
Bucks County Community College
   
Cheyney University
   
Delaware Valley College
   
Drexel University
   
Gwynedd-Mercy College
   
Holy Family University
   
La Salle University
   
Montgomery County Community College
   
Peirce College
   
Penn State Abington
   
Rowan University
   
Rutgers University — Camden
   
Temple University
   
The Art Institute of Philadelphia
   
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