As a preeminent research university with over 60,000 faculty, staff, and students, USC is one of the largest private employers in the City of Los Angeles, as well as one of the largest customers of our energy utility. Our actions have enormous environmental impacts – not just on campus, but across L.A. and around the world. That’s why sustainability is a rapidly-growing focus of teaching, research, and operations at USC.
The 2020 Plan
USC is committed to developing the necessary teams, tools, systems, and processes to facilitate campus sustainability on all fronts. Our primary vehicle for achieving this is the 2020 Plan, a comprehensive set of meaningful goals across seven core areas, and a broad roadmap for how we will attain them. Detailed data and information about all facets of the Plan – including regularly updated progress reports – are provided on this website, broken out by Goal and its related initiative. Additional information about state and local laws, the evolving regulatory environment, and partner limitations that impact our efforts also are highlighted. The 2020 Plan is a baseline tool for understanding USC’s sustainability opportunities and challenges, and the foundation for our work ahead.