Sustainability 2020 Plan Updates

Update April 2018

University senior leadership has approved three Sustainability 2020 Plan energy conservation projects for funding. When completed by 2020, these will exceed the University’s Sustainability 2020 goal of a 20% reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions below 2014 levels. The three new projects are an indoor/outdoor LED lighting retrofit, an HVAC automation initiative, and a comprehensive energy efficiency recommissioning in select buildings.

In the 2014-2017 USC Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Summary, prepared by Unlimited Carbon Assistance Network in February 2018, USC rated #2 of eight peer universities for emissions per 1,000 gross square foot (GSF) resulting from burning fuels or using chemicals (natural gas, boiler, refrigerants, etc.) on campus; and #1 of seven peer universities for emissions resulting from generating electricity. USC rated #2 of eight  peer universities for net emissions per student FTE resulting from burning fuels or using chemicals  on campus; and #5 of seven  peer universities for emissions resulted from generating electricity.

Update April 2017

University senior leadership has approved five new Sustainability 2020 Plan projects for funding.  These include three water conservation projects that, when completed by 2020, will meet or exceed the water conservation goals in Sustainability 2020.  A comprehensive waste diversion proposal also was approved that will meet the 2020 Plan goals.  Resources for USC Purchasing also were approved that will lay the groundwork for a comprehensive sustainable procurement program by 2020.

Approved proposals below:

Recycled Water

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has delayed their targeted start of construction of the Downtown Water Recycling Project (WRP) which will provide a source of recycled water for the University campus.  The updated timeline has a targeted start of construction of 2020. Therefore, the USC Sustainability 2020 project for installation of recycled water pipe to connect to the city infrastructure will be delayed until such time as the LADWP project is confirmed or completed.  For more information on the recycled water infrastructure proposal, click here.

Water Fixture Upgrade

Funding has been approved for the Sustainability 2020 water fixture upgrade project.  The project is estimated to be complete by the end of 2019.

For more information on the water fixture upgrade proposal, click here.

Water Metering

Funding has been approved for the Sustainability 2020 water metering project.  This project brings 19 sub-meters to the UPC campus, providing a better profile of building types. The project will be implemented on the following schedule:

  1. Phase 1: April, 2019 = Approximately ten sub-meters.
  2. Phase 2: July, 2019 = Approximately nine sub-meters.

For more information on the water metering project proposal, click here.

Waste Diversion Plan

Funding has been approved for the Sustainability 2020 Plan waste diversion project, which will be implemented as following:

  • Phase 1 (75 bins): USC Village to 34th St., west of Trousdale to Jefferson, Vermont on the east and Downey on the south – COMPLETE
  • Phase 2 (95 bins): Beginning December 20, 2017 = Inside Exposition, Trousdale, Downey, Vermont – COMPLETE
  • Phase 3 (105 bins): Beginning July 1, 2018 = East of Trousdale to Figueroa, Jefferson and Exposition.
  • Phase 4 (100 bins): Beginning December 30, 2018 = Center campus between 34th, Downey, Trousdale and McClintock

For more information regarding the waste diversion plan implementation, click here.

Procurement Assessment

USC Business Services engaged a fixed-term Senior Procurement Specialist to assist with drafting a procurement sustainability policy, integration strategy, and benchmark sustainable surplus sales programs.  The specialist’s assessment was completed in the fall of 2017 and the program’s implementation phase is now being created. Sustainable purchasing programs will be implemented for paper, cleaning supplies, and janitorial paper in the first quarter of 2018. Programs for ink/toner, office supplies, electronics, and medical research supplies will be implemented later in 2018, TBD.  For more information on the procurement assessment proposal, click here.

 Food Procurement

USC Hospitality has reached a new milestone, and is trending at 33.7% sustainable food procurement. The 2020 Plan sustainable purchasing goal is 20%.