Office of Sustainability staff and students


Ellen Dux

Sustainability Programs Manager

Throughout her career in sustainability, Ellen Dux has garnered significant experience working on a broad range of renewable energy, clean power, and cleantech initiatives. Her primary focus is stakeholder engagement and communications, grant fundraising, and program development.

Most recently, Ellen worked closely with the Los Angeles County Chief Sustainability Office to help launch the Clean Power Alliance, Southern California’s new clean energy utility. She also has partnered with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator to develop and source funding for a large-scale energy efficiency buildings retrofit program. From 2014 – 2016, Ellen worked extensively with the Viterbi School of Engineering’s Information Sciences Institute on the Department of Energy’s Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Smart Grid Regional Demonstration Project. She began her sustainability career working in utility-scale PV.

Prior to transitioning to sustainability, Ellen held a number of senior positions in the entertainment industry, including Executive Director of 20th Century Fox’s mobile content division. She also co-founded a filmed entertainment production company with musician Peter Gabriel.

Ellen holds a B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, and an M.B.A from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.


Campus Partners


Sustainability Coordinator, USC Housing

This position is currently open.


Waste & Recycling Manager, Facilities Management Services

This position is currently open.


Carol Fern

Director of Energy Services

Carol Fern is the Director of Energy Services at the University of Southern California (2009-present).  Prior to joining USC, she worked as an engineer at Syska Hennessy Group (2004-2009), the 10th largest mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) engineering firm in the United States.  She was also the Director of Comfort Systems at ESS Engineering, a full service, full life cycle environmental consulting and engineering firm (1991-2003) located in Tempe, AZ.  Carol obtained her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1987, and has been certified in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design by the US Green Buildings Council.  She brings extensive and varied experience in energy and building control management from both the private and public sectors.  She has over twenty five years of experience with building facility operations, mechanical and HVAC projects, and sustainable energy-focused products, services, and their applications. Carol is actively engaged in collaborating with the environmental research community, providing them with information and data for analysis.    She is very passionate about continuous improvement in operations and energy management systems.  In addition, she oversees the Management Information Systems Department, which provides application development and support, user education and training, accounting data, and business information management consultancy support for USC’s FMS & CCD administrators, supervisors, support staff, work crews and the campus community at large.