On January 27th, 2010, the University of Southern California Campus Planning Committee of the Board of Trustees approved six resolutions to further strengthen the University’s commitment to sustainability. The resolutions, as follows, address issues of environmental degradation, energy conservation, water conservation, waste reduction, and building construction.
CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY RESOLUTIONS
Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the University of Southern California take reasonable measures to minimize the impact of its operations on the environment
Be it further resolved, that the university will maintain an active energy conservation program and that it will, where economically feasible, maximize the purchase of electric energy from renewable resources
Be it further resolved, that the university maintain an aggressive water conservation program; that it uses, to the extent possible, drought tolerant landscaping; that it aggressively explores options for the use of reclaimed water for landscaping and other non-potable uses
Be it further resolved, that the university maintain an aggressive program to reduce and or recycle the maximum amount of overall waste generated by its operations
Be it further resolved, that the university maintain active incentive programs to encourage faculty, staff, students, and visitors to use transportation modes other than the single passenger automobile; and
Be it further resolved, that the university design and construct all new buildings to meet or exceed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards