A Season of Appreciation: Winter 2022

Infusing Sustainability across USC

When it comes to both conceiving and implementing the bold measures needed to save the planet, USC is leading by example. By reducing wasteful practices and developing new technologies to turn waste into usable materials, we are opening doors to new possibilities of clean energy, renewable materials, and storytelling that change the world for the better. And we will educate our students about sustainability in our curriculum as well. Read more about our efforts below.

USC awarded $8.8 million for sustainability research initiatives

The funds support sustainability-focused research projects on alternative energies and pollution reduction, as well as efforts to help shade L.A. neighborhoods to improve quality of life.

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USC plastic bottle ban keeps a million bottles out of landfills

The ban on single-use plastic beverage bottles — part of USC’s effort to reach zero waste by 2028 — took effect July 1.

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Sustainability will move into key campus space as USC increases focus on Assignment: Earth

The move provides a new space for collaboration and research. The pharmacy that has held the space moves into a much larger location near the Engemann Student Health Center, with room to add services.

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Creating action around sustainability through arts, culture and research

Leading several sustainability related projects across campus, the Arts & Climate Collective is a collaboration among USC Arts In Action, the USC Office of Sustainability, and USC Annenberg Innovation Lab.

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New Center for Climate Journalism and Communication empowers climate storytellers across the communications landscape

Leveraging USC’s academic scholarship, targeted research initiatives and professional training expertise, the center designs customized programs for news and communication organizations.

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USC-LADWP agreement taps into offsite solar power for the university and its neighbors

The agreement will provide a quarter of USC’s electricity with power from a solar farm in Mojave. It also brings new opportunities for residents in nearby communities to gain access to affordable solar power.

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USC chemists create greener research labs

Professors are implementing sustainable processes and using equipment that generates less heat — and that’s just the start.

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Medicine from garbage? New process shows promise turning plastic trash into pharmaceuticals

The novel method developed by USC pharmacy and chemistry researchers has exciting implications for plastic waste collecting on Catalina Island and L.A.-area beaches.

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