Taking Action

Building a culture of sustainability takes time — and we’re right on track.

Assignment: Earth is all about putting into action USC’s commitment to a more sustainable future. To start, we’re already near completion of our university-wide sustainability literacy goal for 2028 and headed toward a platinum rating from STARS, the sustainability performance framework for colleges and universities. Now, we’re empowering the entire Trojan Family to take action.

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USC Urban Trees Initiative

More green and more shade — what more could you want in a city? Connecting faculty, staff and student researchers with community members and decision-makers, the “USC Trees” program advances climate-resilient urban forestry practices and the equitable distribution of green spaces. In partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works and nonprofits across LA, the program specializes in data and community-driven projects with experts in geospatial sciences, landscape architecture, air quality and community engagement.

By the Numbers

Our investment in climate-focused education and research reach far beyond campus borders, and our in-house operations are constantly evolving to lessen our impact on the environment. From energy and water use to transportation, food services and more, USC is cultivating a culture of sustainability in the classroom, in the lab and out in the greater world.

6,700+ students

Enrolled in 141 undergraduate sustainability-focused courses

$50 Million

A gift commitment to establish the Ronald and Leslie Sherwin Initiative, focusing on protecting the environment through research, education and practice.

3 Million+

Plastic beverage bottles prevented from being sent into landfills

“In 2028, the eyes of the world will be on Los Angeles and USC, and with this new framework we’ll be prepared to show what sustainability in higher education can look like.”

Mick Dalrymple, USC Chief Sustainability Officer

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Join Community

Peruse USC’s directory of sustainability programs and groups to find likeminded Trojans and community partners dedicated to a more sustainable future.

Working Together for a Sustainable Future

Do your part to help the USC community develop and implement innovative solutions that build a more sustainable society — from visiting the USC Sustainability Hub to locating green points around campus, there’s something for everyone interested in improving the planet. It’s a big assignment, and we’re all in.