USC Environmental Student Assembly (ESA)

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Social Media: Website, Facebook

ESA encourages and facilitates the academic, pre-professional, cultural, social, and political self-realization of the University of Southern California’s environmental student groups as individuals and as a unified student community and advances and develops the green culture of the University and neighboring community.

2017-2018 Accomplishments 

ESA held a series of events for Eco-Conscious Eating week in November, concluding with our first ever VegFest ‘SC which had over 500 attendees. ESA held 20 events for Earth Month in April and made great improvements to the Parkside garden, a student and staff run vegetable and herb garden.

2018-2019 Projects

Our current projects include bringing more environmental leaders in our community to speak on campus and creating advocacy campaigns surrounding food waste in dining halls.


Environmental Core (E-Core)

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USC’s Environmental Core (ECore) is USC’s premiere environmental activism group. In a nutshell, Ecore is full of students who care about our shared world and aim to make it better. 

More specifically, Ecore is working to help USC progress towards carbon neutrality, net zero water usage, net zero waste, an overhaul to sustainable education & outreach, and full transparency in water, waste, and carbon footprint metrics. In addition, ECore has a team of students working to bring more California native plants to the USC landscape. ECore aims to help bring a sustainable consciousness to the USC community by fostering relationships with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and inspiring members of our city from all backgrounds.

2017-2018 Accomplishments

Some of ECore’s past successes include planting and cultivating multiple native plants gardens, helping gather student support for eliminating plastic straws in USC dining halls, hosting many successful rallies to spread awareness of current environmental campaigns, partnering with other USC organizations and LA companies to pick up trash in Santa Monica, and ECore has helped give students a platform to pursue their sustainable passions, foster their leadership skills and, most importantly, make lifelong friendships.


Undergraduate Student Government

Contact Info: Catherine Atkinson,


3607 Trousdale Parkway

Tutor Campus Center, Room 224

Los Angeles, CA 90089-3107


Main Line: (213) 740-5620

Fax: (213) 740-9860

Social Media Info: Website, Facebook

USG seeks to make the undergraduate experience the best it can possibly be. From advocating for policy change on campus, programming educational and entertainment events, passing resolutions to pass on to administration, and funding our students in their various pursuits, each of our six branches does its best to make a positive impact on student life at USC.

2017-2018 Accomplishments

In the 2017-2018 academic year, USG’s Advocacy Branch and Sustainability Director made great steps towards creating a more environmentally-conscious campus and community. They hosted a “Do Better SC” Rally, worked to expand composting in dorms, distributed a sustainability survey, hosted a sustainability forum, funded the Green Engagement Fund, reduced receipt usage on campus, and started a dining hall food waste campaign which resulted in the phasing out of plastic straws starting Fall 2018.

2018-2019 Projects

In 2018-2019, USG’s Sustainability Director will advocate for smaller-scale, operational changes in university sustainability (ex: reduce receipt and single-use plastic use, introduce composting bins in housing, install a pilot Green Wall); while simultaneously pushing for large-scale university shifts in sustainability strategy with a Zero Waste, Water and Carbon initiative.


Graduate Student Government

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Main Campus (UPC)

3607 Trousdale Pkwy SKS 410

Los Angeles, CA 90089

Hours: M-F 9am-6pm

Phone: 213-740-5649


Health Sciences Campus (HSC)

1969 Zonal Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90033

Hours: M-F: 12-1pm

Phone: 323-442-1257


Social Media Info: Website, Facebook

The GSG mission is to enhance the University of Southern California graduate and professional student experience by serving as the face of the student body. To accomplish this, GSG is responsible for managing student resources efficiently, providing a voice for the student community, building a community that fosters interdisciplinary exchanges, and informing students about their rights, resources, and opportunities.

2017-2018 Accomplishments

In the 2017-2018 academic year, GSG hosted a variety of sustainability-focused events, including a No Straw Pledge for the month of April and a Beach Clean-Up. Additionally, GSG offered the U-Pass Pilot Program in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). The reduced-fare transit pass offered graduate students unlimited rides on Metro’s rail and bus lines for a given semester.

2018-2019 Projects

In the upcoming 2018-2019 year, GSG will continue to support programs and host events that promote sustainable practices, including renewal the U-Pass Program and hosting a GSG Sustainability Workshop at the Health Sciences Campus in late Fall 2018. Furthermore, we hope to partner with other student and university organizations for joint advocacy on behalf of the USC student population.


American Academy of Environmental Engineers

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The purpose of this organization is to explore and promote academic and career issues related to the field of environmental engineering and environmental science, and to connect those interested in these fields with other like-minded individuals within and beyond USC. The AAEES at USC chapter further aims to bring national AAEES resources to USC students, which may include but are not limited to the following: professional networking and mentoring opportunities, speaker events, award eligibility, training workshops, and seminars.

2017-2018 Accomplishments

Last year, the events we had were a tour of the OCWD treatment plant, Grad Panel, Bee Outreach, Internship panel, and resume workshop. This year we will be doing a tour with LAWD and have other professional events.


Environmental Studies Program, USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Contact Info:  213-740-7770

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EcoBright USC

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EcoBright is dedicated to providing quality environmental education for K-12 students in schools near the University Park area. By connecting USC students with youth in these schools, EcoBright educates young students about the state of environmental affairs, engages them using hands-on activities, and empowers them to become stewards of their local and global environment.

EcoBright operates on the belief that providing an early foundation in environmental sustainability is crucial to cultivating an environmentally literate and conscious society. With the efforts and enthusiasm of USC student volunteers, the club is engaging the next generation of citizens, voters, policy-makers, and activists.

2017-2018 Accomplishments

In fall of 2017, EcoBright became a Recognized Student Organization, and in the following spring, the group applied for and was awarded membership organization within the Environmental Student Assembly, providing us greater access to funding resources and enabling us to collaborate with other environmental organizations on campus.

2018-2019 Projects

This semester EcoBright is working to bring guest speakers to campus who can discuss the importance of early environmental education, as well as working to host a tree planting event in collaboration with LA City Plants.

Food Recovery Network

The Food Recovery Network addresses the problems of hunger, food waste, and global warming. They work to reduce food waste in dining halls, and have been working with local restaurants to distribute food to charities twice a month.


Peaks and Professors

Peaks and Professors leads hikes and camping trips for small groups of students and professors who love spending quality time outdoors. New members are always welcome, and new trips are added each semester!


SC Outfitters

USC’s only outdoor adventure group run exclusively by students, SC Outfitters channels organizes trips to explore the Los Angeles wilderness that are open to the entire USC student body. SC Outfitters’ corps of over 35 volunteers lead groups in a wide range of outdoor activities including hiking, camping, kayaking, mountain biking, yoga, and more.


The Sustainability Project

The Sustainability Project is USC’s green business club. Our goal is to educate other students on the importance of sustainability in business, advocate greener policies and projects here on campus, and connect people who are passionate about the cause.