Respecting the future is who we are.

Snapshots of sustainability around USC.

At USC, we understand that the future is shaped by our actions today. That’s why sustainability isn’t just a concept to us; it’s a commitment. Our dedication to fostering an eco-friendly and socially responsible campus is woven into every facet of our institution — from energy-efficient buildings and cutting-edge research to community outreach and individual responsibility.

A USC student painting the Peace Garden Mural with the Assignment Earth sign at the forefront.

Assignment: Earth

Assignment: Earth represents USC’s blueprint for cultivating a sustainable and equitable campus and global community. Crafted by the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability, in collaboration with various university groups, this framework outlines a comprehensive vision, along with aspirations and objectives, spanning five key areas: education, research, equity and inclusion, operations and engagement.

USC’s Sustainability Hub

The 1,500-square-foot hub, housed in USC’s Gwynn Wilson Student Union building, serves as a collaborative and inclusive gathering space for USC students, researchers and staff, focusing on advancing sustainability initiatives. Additionally, it houses Assignment: Earth, USC’s framework dedicated to maintaining the university’s leadership in sustainability operations, research and education.

Tracking USC’s Sustainability Progress

Working together for a sustainable future

USC Sustainability Progress Report

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USC Celebrates Earth Month

Beyond Earth Day on April 22, Earth Month at USC is a cornerstone initiative within Assignment: Earth. Dedicating the month of April to sustainability catalyzes meaningful change, inspiring individuals to take action, adopt sustainable practices, and contribute to a more resilient and equitable future for all. Our approach is to take concerted, collaborative action across disciplines and communities.

Noteworthy Earth Month Events

Amplifying Climate Solutions

4th Annual Climate Forward Conference: Climate at the Crossroads

In celebration of Earth Day, the USC Wrigley Institute for Environment and Sustainability and the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future will host a series of conversations on advancing climate change issues. This conference focuses on finding practical solutions to climate change and identifying the political obstacles to implementing those changes.

Thursday, April 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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3rd Annual Student Sustainability Town Hall

All USC students are invited to ask questions and engage in an ongoing conversation with sustainability leaders on campus. This event will provide an open floor for all to learn, voice concerns, ask about sustainability at USC and beyond. Panelists will include USC faculty and administration from the Presidential Working Group on Sustainability and Office of Sustainability. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, April 18, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Storytelling for the planet

Ed Yong: 2024 Delta Murphy Lecture

Named “the most important and impactful journalist” of 2020 by Poynter, Ed Yong is the New York Times bestselling author of An Immense World and I Contain Multitudes. He was also awarded journalism’s top honor, the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, for his coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. Through a lecture and in conversation with USC Wrigley Institute Director Joe Árvai, Yong will share the experiences behind An Immense World, the challenges of science journalism and why storytelling is a crucial tool in the fight against climate change.

This lecture is presented by the USC Wrigley Institute for Environment and Sustainability.

Thursday, April 25, 5:30 p.m.