In Spring 2023, we hosted our first-ever Stay Local Weekend at Temple Rome! We offered a full weekend of fun, interactive events and activities that incorporate a sustainability focus. Students committed to staying in Rome and to not hosting anyone from out of town for the whole weekend, and in return they participated in a variety of exciting events, from a wine tasting to a Colosseum tour, to a campus clean-up. Students had the opportunity to explore their host city better, help the planet, and win great prizes! Since then, we have continued to host a Stay Local Abroad Weekend every spring and fall.

Activities offered have included

  • Cultural Labs
  • Wine Tastings
  • Italian Film Screening
  • Recycle it! Papermaking Workshop with Professor Roberto Mannino
  • Roman Fountains Tour
  • Open Air Music Walk/Run with Francesco Castiglione
  • Recycled Art Materials Workshop
  • Free Colosseum entrance
  • Free Capitoline Museum entrance
  • Clean-up Rome 
  • "Green-washing, ignoring or acting: in debate about sustainability" with Aldo Lo Presti
  • Sustainable Food Market Tour

Clean-up participants were entered to win a €100 Trenitalia ticket (use to travel across Italy!)

The #StayLocalAbroad initiative was created in collaboration with Penn State University and with the support of Temple's Office of Sustainability