USC’s sustainable campus actually begins well below the earth’s surface: a three million gallon thermal energy water storage (TES) system stands 40 feet below grade, and is estimated to conserve more than 4,000 MWh of electricity each year. As a large private research university, USC can offer extensive research opportunities to both graduate and undergraduate students through: USC Energy Institute’s Future Fuels and Energy Initiative, which emphasizes research in energy alternatives to fossil fuels; the Green Visions Plan, a partnership between state land conservancies and USC to create plans for building a mutually-beneficial relationship between people and the environment; and the School of Architecture’s Materials, Systems and Sustainability Program, which focuses on long-term sustainability. <p>The School of Architecture participates in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. USC’s Sustainability Steering Committee, comprised of administrators, students, staff, and faculty, identifies opportunities for the university to advance sustainability, and makes recommendations to the administration. USC, which has committed to using LEED standards for all new buildings, has also implemented a Green Office Certification Program that provides students, faculty, and staff with a framework for implementing sustainable practices in their workplaces. During football season, the USC Office of Sustainability spearheads the Tailgate Waste Diversion Program, which promotes sustainable tailgating before kickoff.. Year-round, the office also maintains the school’s Urban Garden, where monthly workshops are provided on such topics as integrated pest management, composting and organic gardening.
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Sustainability-focused degree available
School employs a sustainability officer
% food budget spent on local/organic food