Green Week is September 20-25, 2021

Green Week empowers you to engage in sustainability-focused projects and activities. Want to learn how to be a more sustainable Trojan or learn more about what USC has been doing to hit its targets? This week offers plenty of opportunities to expand your knowledge and make connections. Whether you attend an event, join a student organization, educate yourself, or apply for funding, participate in Green Week to celebrate the steps USC is taking to achieve its sustainability goals.


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.

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 the 2028 Sustainability Plan, which will include aggressive goals focused on climate neutrality, zero waste, single-use plastics reduction, inclusion, engagement, and enhanced sustainability curriculum and research efforts.

To examine all facets of how to be a sustainable university and execute accordingly, President Folt has hired USC’s first Chief Sustainability Officer.



The Sustainability 2020 Plan

USC is committed to developing the teams, tools, systems, and processes to promote campus sustainability on all fronts. Since 2015, the Sustainability 2020 Plan has been our roadmap for progress. It identifies comprehensive goals across six core areas, and lays out specific strategies for attaining them.

Detailed data and information about all facets of the 2020 Plan are provided on this website. Check out USC’s 2015-2020 Final Sustainability Summary Report, which summarizes progress 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.


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!

The Office of Sustainability is also on social media: follow us on Instagram and like our Facebook page for real-time information about USC Sustainability events, initiatives, resources, and much more.

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