2028 Plan

Planting the Seeds

With the end of the USC 2020 Sustainability Plan last year, we’re now 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 Plan 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 the most up-to-date notes from 2028 planning meetings, please see the resources along the right side of this page or visit our Sustainability Steering Committee page.


Planning for The Plan

Working in collaboration with sustainability subject-matter experts from across campus, the Office of Sustainability has evaluated initiatives that can deliver meaningful sustainability impacts. Teams involved in this critical work include:

– Facilities Management Services (FMS)
– Transportation Services
– Procurement
– Auxiliary Services
– The Academic Senate
– The Staff Assembly
– Undergraduate/Graduate Student Government and other student groups

We have also looked to higher-education near-peers and Los Angeles City and County to determine sustainability innovations and best-practices.

The outcome of these efforts will be a Sustainability 2028 Plan that aligns with USC’s mission of being a global research university focused on solving difficult problems affecting our city and the world. The 2028 Plan will position USC as a responsible sustainability leader in our local community and beyond.

We hope to unveil the approved 2028 Plan in early 2022 and immediately begin executing projects and initiatives to help us meet the outlined goals.


What Trojans are Saying About Sustainability on Campus

Since Earth Day 2019, more than 1100 Trojans have responded to the 2028 survey; select highlights are displayed below. We update aggregated survey results regularly in the 2028 Survey Data Sheet.


Select Highlights (updated November 2020)

2028 Plan Outreach Activities

Through a series of on-going events and outreach activities, the Office of Sustainability has surfaced and prioritized sustainability issues that matter most to the university community.


Compare Plans

Want to learn more about sustainability planning? Review these sustainability plans from other leading Southern California universities and civic institutions.

University of California, Los Angeles

Claremont McKenna College


LA County Sustainability Plan

Los Angeles Green New Deal Sustainability Plan

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