Students from the USC Environmental Core provide information during a tabling event in McCarthy quad

USC Initiatives

Today’s environmental problems demand a collaborative response from all community and business leaders. Engaging USC stakeholders in sustainability topics across campus and in the neighborhood is an important component of our sustainability goals. The following initiatives support this effort:

Hospitality Teaching Garden

USC Hospitality is currently operating teaching gardens at two locations: behind the Radisson hotel and in front of EVK. The Radisson “farm” is growing 2,640 nutrient dense plants in a 60’x20’ square foot space with 90% less water than conventional gardening. The teaching gardens educate culinarians and provide sustainable fruits, vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers for USC’s dining venues.

Environmental Student Assembly

The USC Environmental Student Assembly’s mission is to program events promoting sustainability culture and environmental advocacy at USC. Additionally, they foster environmental and sustainable initiatives, programs, and awareness for the USC community.

Student Green Engagement Fund

The USC Green Engagement Fund funds student-driven, innovative projects aimed at increasing sustainability at USC while increasing awareness of environmental stewardship. Funds are allocated annually from USG and GSG budgets to drive these projects. Projects go through a proposal process and a student-majority committee allocates the funds to approved projects.

Farmer’s Market

USC Hospitality and USG co-sponsor a weekly farmer’s market in McCarthy Quad, offering fresh produce from local vendors to USC students, faculty and staff.

Sustainable Living/Zero Waste Residence

Cardinal n Gold is USC Housing’s Sustainable Living special interest community. Residents who live in this building are encouraged to live consciously and reduce their environmental impact by utilizing water and energy saving technologies, participating in their zero waste program, and helping with other sustainable initiatives on campus. The entire building has been tailored to both the environmental needs of Los Angeles and USC. Features of this building also include rooftop solar panels, an on-site garden, and sustainable furniture made from 60% post-consumer recycled content.