Race to Zero Waste #EcoChampions.
As Leave No Trace instructors, these four superstar leaders are shaping zero-waste culture on campus with 85 of their peers and student organization, Adventure Bound.
- Brandon, certified in EMT, is a nursing major (2024) from Massachusetts. He will be guiding in Northern Maine for a canoe outfitter summer of 2021.
- Christina, certified in NREMT, is a Health Professions major (2022) with a minor in Biology, and is on pre-medical track. She helped start the first Adventure Bound organization at Brookdale Community College.
- Issa Kabeer is an Environmental Science major (2021). Issa is an EcoRep with Temple Sustainability and works at hospitals providing emotional therapy.
- Nadia Ramos, certified in LNT, is a psychology major (2022) on the pre-occupational therapy track. She also transferred from Brookdale and peer coaches students with intellectual disability.
Adventure Bound is a club that takes place out of the classroom, a place to meet like-minded, motivated individuals. Adventure Bound facilitates all types of adventures ranging from hiking, biking, rafting and surfing, snowboarding, zip-lining, camping, museum trips, and even going international! With the beautiful city of Philadelphia at our doorstep, they have the privilege to get outside, visit museums, go to concerts, and explore different parts of the city as a group.
As for social impact, Adventure Bounds goal is to partner with local youth — provide outdoor education an mentorship and increase access to green spaces, taking young people on hikes, museum trips, and all types of adventures.
See their Instagram @templeadventurebound for daily updates
Student Leaders Shaping Zero-Waste Culture on Campus.
Since day one, Adventure Bound takes the utmost responsibility for their ecological footprint. As their mission spreads across campus, their conversations are an example of the zero-waste culture Temple students aspire to cultivate. Adventure Bound plans to use their newfound knowledge in many different areas of sustainability.
- Mentor program for general members to maintain their Leave No Trace certification.
- Facilitate regular Leave No Trace workshops within the Student Center, or over Zoom.
- Online informational brochure with tips on packing sustainably, hitching a tent, hanging hammocks, and sustainable travel ideas, accessible by QR code.
- Purchasing sustainable camping and outdoor gear for future excursions with equipment that will allow discarding of waste easily and hear made from sustainable and renewable resources.
- Paying visits to various thrift stores to purchase things like jackets and cookware
End goal: Utilize knowledge and sustainable gear on camping trips. And also create a vlog for members to be more educated about sustainability for the outdoors and leaving no trace!
Leave No Trace Solutions: 100+ Areas Have Been Restored Nationwide
Leave No Trace strives to educate people about what it means to “leave the environment just how you find it.” As a non-profit organization, its mission is to educate the public on the most effective, environmentally sustainable, and ethical ways to enjoy the outdoors.
Throughout the next semester, Adventure Bound will be hosting a series of LNT workshops open to Temple students.
The Seven Principles.
Leave No Trace’s 7 principles provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices visiting the outdoors. Click on the links to learn more.
- Helping backcountry travelers accomplish trip goals safely and enjoyably while minimizing damage to the land
- Two primary factors increase how off-trail travel affects the land: durability of surfaces and vegetation, and frequency of travel (or group size).
- “Pack it in, Pack it out” is a familiar mantra to seasoned wildland visitors. Any user of recreation lands has a responsibility to clean up before he or she leaves.
- Allow others a sense of discovery by leaving rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.
- A true Leave No Trace fire shows no evidence of having been constructed.
- Learn about wildlife through quiet observation. Do not disturb wildlife or plants just for a “better look.”
- Many people come to the outdoors to listen to nature. Excessive noise, uncontrolled pets and damaged surroundings take away from the natural appeal of the outdoors.
2020 Green Grant Award Winners.
The Green Grant has already enabled Adventure Bound to build their own website. The funds will help Adventure Bound show and emphasize how easy it is to be sustainable while outdoors and how to leave the environment just the way you found it.
Temple University’s Green Grant builds upon Temple University’s commitment to sustainability by funding projects led by students that focus on advancing the mission and have a positive impact on our local environment and community.