You name it, we’re on it.

USC’s operational goals for sustainability are ambitious, knocking down carbon offsets and emissions, reducing water usage, diverting waste, incorporating native plants into campus design and much more.

What We’re Doing

From achieving climate neutrality to waste diversion, water reduction and so much more, USC’s campus operations are evolving into a future-oriented sustainable model that represents our vision for a healthier future for all.


Campuswide waste diversion


Waste diversion rate at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the 2023 football season


USC Hospitality food purchased from sustainable sources

50,000 sq. ft

Solar panels covering the Galen Center roof, powering 15% of the venue’s electricity


Reduction in lighting load due to energy-efficient LED lighting

400,000 lbs.

Equivalent of coal that was not burned due to a centrally managed HVAC automatic scheduling system

USC’s Sustainability Efforts Receive Gold Rating

“I see very few problems bigger than the problem of sustainability, than building a healthy planet that will sustain people, keeping people’s health strong and helping to eliminate the disparities that — with climate change and pollution — are increasing health and educational disparities between people that have access to good resources and people that don’t.”

Carol Folt, USC President