Sustainability in Student Housing

Committed to providing a healthy student living environment and campus lifestyle, USC Auxiliary Services has taken measures to reduce its environmental impact in residence halls, apartments, suites, and houses, such as using recycled materials and low-energy lighting and appliances.


What’s Recycled Carpet? USC Housing reduces waste by using new carpet that is at least partially made from recycled materials and recycling old carpet. Furthermore, USC recycles 100% of its recyclable carpet.

What’s Low-Energy Lighting? USC Housing reduces energy use by: Replacing old fixtures with new low energy lighting fixtures, using CFL light bulbs, and using timers and motion sensors.

How do we Reduce Water Use? To conserve water USC Housing has installed low flow shower heads and aerators, replaced all toilets with 1.6 gallon (or less) per flush models, and installed water-efficient laundry machines.

Why we have tray-less Dining and China Service? All of our residential dining venues utilize china, glass and silverware instead of disposable flatware, and they both operate fully tray-less dining. By going tray-less we saved approximately 76,511 gallons of water and decreased our dish cleaning chemical usage by approximately 145 gallons in the 2008/2009 academic year.


Students living in the residence halls have the ability to further ensure sustainable living and resource conservation within their halls through the use of USC’s energy dashboards. The dashboards will display daily electricity use for all residence halls, which will give students the power to conserve energy and see the immediate impact of their actions. Simple solutions such as turning off your computer when it is not in use or unplugging your phone when it is fully charged will help USC conserve energy.