Leading By Example

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 municipal water and 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 fast-growing focus of teaching, research, and operations at USC.

The Sustainability 2020 Plan

USC is committed to developing the necessary teams, tools, systems, and processes to facilitate campus sustainability on all fronts. Our roadmap for progress is the 2020 Plan, a comprehensive set of goals across seven core areas, and specific strategies for how we will attain them. The 2020 Plan is a baseline tool for understanding USC’s sustainability opportunities and challenges, and the foundation for our work ahead.

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 initiatives. Additional information about state and local laws, the evolving regulatory environment, and partner limitations that impact our efforts also are highlighted.


Check out USC’s 2018 Sustainability Report! The Annual Sustainability Report provides an update on the progress we’ve made this year toward achieving our 2020 Sustainability plan goals.

Looking Ahead

This year, USC is focused on achieving our 2020 waste goal. Some improvements to look for in fall 2018: improved recycling tools expanded food composting… Read more »

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