Temple is continuously seeking to minimize our environmental footprint, including a building-wide conversion several years ago to LED light bulbs, light switches, and thermostats. We recently replaced our 50+ year old HVAC system with a new high-efficiency system. We continue to engage in extensive tree planting and forestation efforts throughout our grounds. Permeable pavers on our Hal Bruno Memorial Patio and our back parking lot filter water before it runs off into the Bay. And we are finalizing our plans to install solar panels both on our roof and on parking lot canopies. Our hope is that the solar project will include electric vehicle charging stations!
We are particularly proud to have been selected for the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Montgomery County Watershed Restoration Outreach Grant Program. This $95,000 award was used to replace a significant portion of our asphalt parking lot with permeable pavers. Permeable surfaces allow rainwater to percolate through the paving and into the ground before it runs off, reducing the volume of stormwater runoff and the amount of pollution carried by stormwater runoff. The grant also built our beautiful rain gardens and was used for educational activities in the community.