2028 Framework

Planting the Seeds

With the end of the USC 2020 Sustainability Plan last year, we’re developing USC’s next long-term sustainability plan. Leveraging knowledge from past lessons learned and successes achieved, USC is continuing to build the critical teams and necessary tools for advancing campus sustainability. Like the 2020 Plan, our Sustainability 2028 Framework will include specific long-term sustainability goals, and provide a “greenprint” for achieving them.

In spring 2019, the USC Sustainability Steering Committee and the Office of Sustainability began engaging students, faculty, staff, and senior administrators in the process of developing the 2028 Plan for campus operations and built environment. Notes from those planning workshops are listed on the right of this page and at the Sustainability Steering Committee page.

Planning for The 2028 Framework

The Office of Sustainability collaborated with sustainability subject-matter experts from across campus to evaluate initiatives and projects that will deliver meaningful sustainability impacts. Teams involved in this critical work include:

– President’s Working Group on Sustainability (PWG)

– Facilities Planning and Management (FPM)

– Transportation Services

– Procurement

– Auxiliary Services

– The Academic Senate

– The Staff Assembly

– Undergraduate/Graduate Student Government and other student groups

We also looked to higher-education peers as well as the County and City of Los Angeles to determine sustainability innovations and best-practices.

The outcome of these efforts will be a Sustainability 2028 Framework that aligns with USC’s mission of being a global research university focused on solving critical challenges affecting our city and the world, and educating the next generation of global leaders. The 2028 Framework will position USC as a responsible sustainability leader in our local community and beyond.

USC will unveil the approved 2028 Framework in 2022; in the meanwhile, projects focused on energy conservation as well as waste and water reduction already are underway.

What Trojans are Saying About Sustainability on Campus

Since Earth Day 2019, almost 1200 Trojans have responded to a campus sustainability survey; select highlights are displayed below. We update aggregated survey results regularly in the 2028 Survey Data Sheet.

Select Highlights (updated November 2020)

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