Sustainability at USC


The push for a green USC has never been stronger. With the support of 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 2019.

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 2020 in which she outlined plans to aggressively advance sustainability at USC.

To examine all facets of how to be a sustainable university, President Folt has convened a Presidential Working Group on Sustainable Education, Research, and Operations which focuses on all aspects 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, are provided on this website. Check out USC’s 2019 Sustainability Annual Report, which summarizes recent progress we have made toward achieving our 2020 Plan goals.


Looking Ahead to 2028

The Office of Sustainability has spent the past two years 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.


Go Green, Stay Connected

This year, the Office of Sustainability has launched a monthly newsletter for USC students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Read past issues HERE,  and SUBSCRIBE HERE to keep up to date with campus sustainability news and events. Invite your friends and colleagues to subscribe so we can continue to grow the USC Green Team!

The Office of Sustainability is also now on social media! Follow us on Instagram (@green.usc) and like our Facebook page (USC Sustainability) for real-time information about USC Sustainability events, initiatives, resources, and much more.