Sustainability at USC

The push for a green USC has never been stronger. With the support of our new President Carol L. Folt, we are making meaningful strides to expand sustainable operations on our campuses, starting with President Folt’s zero waste inauguration in September.

Want to learn more about President Folt’s mission to make USC more sustainable? Read about her speech to business and civic leaders at VerdeXchange in January, in which she outlined her plans to aggressively advance sustainability at USC.

To examine all facets of how to be a sustainable university, President Folt has also convened a Presidential Working Group on Sustainable Education, Research, and Operations which will focus on every aspect of sustainability at USC.


The Sustainability 2020 Plan

USC is committed to developing the teams, tools, systems, and processes to promote campus sustainability on all fronts. The Sustainability 2020 Plan is our roadmap for progress. It identifies comprehensive goals across seven core areas, and lays out specific strategies for attaining them.

Detailed data and information about all facets of the 2020 Plan, including regular updates and progress reports, is provided on this website. Check out USC’s 2018 Sustainability Report, which summarizes recent progress we have made toward achieving our 2020 Plan goals. Watch for the 2019 Annual Report in early 2020.


Looking Ahead to 2028

This year, the Office of Sustainability is working with faculty, students, staff, and senior administration to develop USC’s 2028 Sustainability Plan. Every Trojan has a stake in our sustainable future; share your thoughts by taking the short 2028 Planning survey now.