Frequently Asked Questions About USC’s 2025 Carbon Neutrality Commitment

Have questions regarding USC’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2025? Find answers here.


The New USC Sustainability Gateway Website Needs You!

USC is launching a one-stop directory of sustainability programs and activities across campus. Add your sustainability-related program, department, group, activity, etc. to the new website (launching in early 2022).  Fill out this simple form!


Environmental Studies Program to Become Part of Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies

Beginning January 2022, the USC Environmental Studies Program (ENST) will become part of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies (WIES). The change will benefit both ENST and WIES as they more tightly connect education and research on sustainability and the environment within USC’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Read more.


Sustainability At USC 

The push for sustainability at USC has never been stronger. With the support of President Carol L. Folt, we are making meaningful strides to advance sustainabillity in our operations and built environment. To lead these efforts, in 2021 President Folt hired USC’s first Chief Sustainability Officer.

Also in 2021, USC announced plans to liquidate its fossil fuel investments and review ethical and social concerns related to our endowment’s investments.

We also conducted USC’s first Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) report and earned a STARS Silver rating. Data collected via the STARS assessment is providing critical insights for developing USC’s 2028 Sustainability Framework which will include aggressive goals focused on climate neutrality, zero waste, single-use plastics reduction, equity and inclusion, and enhanced sustainability curriculum and research efforts. Every Trojan has a stake in our sustainable future; share your thoughts by taking the short 2028 planning survey.



USC Sustainability 2020 Plan Final Progress Report

Since 2015, the Sustainability 2020 Plan has been USC’s roadmap for advancing sustainability in campus operations and built environment. It identifies comprehensive goals across six core focus areas, and lays out specific strategies for attaining them. Check out USC’s 2015-2020 Final Sustainability Summary Report, which summarizes progress toward achieving the 2020 Plan goals.


Go Green, Stay Connected

The Office of Sustainability has a monthly newsletter for USC students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Read past issues and subscribe to our newsletter 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!

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