ESA encourages and facilitates the academic, pre-professional, cultural, social, and political self-realization of the University of Southern California’s environmental student groups as individuals and as a unified student community and advances and develops the green culture of the University and neighboring community.
The USC Chapter of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists was founded in spring of 2016 with the purpose of exploring and promoting a wide array of academic and career opportunities related to the fields of environmental engineering and environmental science. Through this exploration, we hope to connect those interested in such fields with other like-minded students, faculty, and professionals beyond USC. The AAEES at USC further aims to showcase and make available all the National AAEES resources, as well as USC Viterbi resources, to USC students, which may include but are not limited to the following: professional and student networking, mentoring opportunities, speaker events, training workshops, off-campus career exploration, and joint events with other USC organizations.
Bloom Boutique is a funky, thrifty resale boutique run by a team of USC students united by our love for fashion and for the planet. It was born out of a desire to bring sustainable fashion to our community and cut down on waste caused by the fast fashion industry. We firmly believe that getting dressed should be an expressive, creative and empowering endeavor and strive to reflect this in everything we do. We keep prices low and donate 100% of our profits to local charitable organizations because we know that fashion has the power to strengthen communities.
EcoBright is dedicated to providing quality environmental education for K-12 students in schools near the University Park area. By connecting USC students with youth in these schools, EcoBright educates young students about the state of environmental affairs, engages them using hands-on activities, and empowers them to become stewards of their local and global environment.
USC FRN is an organization dedicated to reducing food waste and addressing food insecurity among students on campus. We hope to create a coalition of all existing organizations that aim to improve the quality of life for all students. FRN will do its part by partnering with businesses on- or near-campus to recover food and reinvest it into the community.
USC garden club seeks to be a collaborative and educational model of sustainable agriculture and self-sufficient lifestyle that is accessible to all students and members of the surrounding community. The garden is an interdisciplinary space that fosters connections between people and encourages a deep re-connection with nature and each other. The garden is located behind Parkside A&H dormitories. It includes an aquaponics system powered by solar panels, traditional growing beds with drip irrigation, and an extensive composting system featuring black soldier flies and vermiculture
Peaks & Professors is a student organization that aims to unite USC’s top professors and students in the great outdoors by organizing outdoor adventures in the California wilderness, with a variety of activities ranging from day hikes to multiple-day backpacking trips.
The USC Science Policy Group brings together undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty with a shared interest in incorporating sound science into policy decisions. SPG aims to engage diverse disciplines in a discussion about science and policy, while providing a platform to learn from one another’s backgrounds and experiences. SPG hosts discussion groups, informational sessions, speakers, monthly advocacy days, fun debates, movie screenings, and more. We are a member of the National Science Policy Network, a network of US university groups interested in science and technology policy.
SC Outfitters is USC’s 100% student-run outdoor adventure organization. Our mission is to foster a diverse and inclusive outdoor community, while connecting as many students as possible with the wilderness of Southern California, the West, and beyond.
The Sustainability Project is USC’s green business club. We focus on issues at the cross-section of sustainability and business. Our mission is to educate other students on the importance of sustainability in business, advocate greener policies and projects in our community, and connect people who are passionate about the cause.
Establishing a new economic paradigm that protects the environment, promotes economic development, and fosters social justice is the defining challenge of our time. The USC Center for Sustainability Solutions brings together scholars and stakeholders from around the world to develop solutions for the most pressing urban environmental challenges. Our work advances the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and we operate a network of Sustainability Solutions Hubs in various mega-cities, including Beijing, Delhi, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Sao Paulo.
The mission of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies is to inspire global environmental solutions through frontier research and education. Our affiliated faculty conduct research in all aspects of the environment. Wrigley Institute scientists investigate biological adaptations to climate change, study interactions among humans and natural systems, and connect science to environmental policy. We also offer unique educational programming and work with foundations and the public to enhance environmental awareness.
The Center for Sustainable Cities was established in 1998 by a group of USC faculty from engineering, the natural and social sciences, urban planning, and environmental health sciences. In 2009, the Center was transferred to the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. In 2017, the Center joined the METRANS Transportation Center. The mission of METRANS is to solve transportation problems of large metropolitan regions through interdisciplinary research, education and outreach.
A main scientific goal of the Climate Change in the Southern California Bight 2020 project is to increase communication and promote collaboration between the diverse group of researchers that deal with all aspects of ocean climate change issues in our area. An active set of marine climate scientists work within USC Dornsife, elsewhere in the University, at other universities throughout California, and in government agencies at many levels. Although many of these scientists already know each other, we don’t always talk across institutional boundaries and we are often hard-pressed to keep up with all of the rapidly developing new research on global change that is relevant to our Southern California coastal environment.
The Innovation in Integrated Informatics LAB (iLAB) research group focuses on the acquisition, modeling, and analysis of the data needed for user-centered built environments, and the design of novel algorithms and visualization techniques to improve built environment efficiency, while increasing user satisfaction.
ker’s mission it to pursue the long-range development of hydrocarbon chemistry and to develop new fuels and materials, as well as to provide environmentally sustainable solutions to energy generation problems.
METRANS' mission is to solve transportation problems of large metropolitan regions through interdisciplinary research, education and outreach. METRANS is a joint partnership of the University of Southern California (USC) and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).
PERE, under the direction of sociologist Manual Pastor, conducts research and facilitates discussions on issues of environmental justice, regional inclusion, and social movement building. It conducts high-quality research in focus areas relevant to public policy concerns and reaches to those directly affected communities that most need to be engaged in the discussion. Its main projects revolve around issues of environmental justice, regional equity, and social movements.
The power and importance of spatial thinking and digital geography is what the USC Spatial Sciences Institute is all about.As front-line researchers and educators, we are dedicated to deploying the power of: people, place, and time; information as maps; environmental sustainability and human well-being; and actionable research and informed decision-making. We collaborate with a cross-cutting array of researchers, businesses, non-profits, NGOs, and other entities from a wide range of disciplines and industries to analyze, model, and visualize location-based data. Through our innovative undergraduate programs – minors in GIS and Sustainability Science, Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence, and Spatial Studies and majors in GeoDesign and Global GeoDesign – masters programs in Geographic Information Science and Technology, Spatial Data Science, and Spatial Economics and Data Analysis, and doctoral programs in Spatial Analytics and Population, Health & Place, we develop the next generation of spatial thinkers, empowering them with capabilities to help address global challenges. Members of our internationally-recognized faculty contribute to the rapidly-evolving body of geospatial knowledge.
The Sea Grant Program at the University of Southern California is a federal-state-university partnership that integrates research, education, and outreach with a specific focus on the ‘urban ocean’ and solving issues arising out of managing people and natural resources in an intensely urban and developed coastline. USC Sea Grant funds marine and coastal research, communicates research results to leaders in government and local communities, and is a leader in integrating current research with new education initiatives to increase science literacy among urban students and to encourage teachers to adopt science education curricula. USC Sea Grant is recognized as a leader in coastal hazard planning, training, and technical assistance.
The Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center (SCEHSC) is a NIEHS-funded center which works to reduce the burden of adverse effects from the environment by rapid identification and better characterization of environmental threats to public health through increased understanding of the basis for environmental diseases and personal susceptibility and by active engagement with communities and policymakers. The mission of the SCEHSC is to develop the scientific knowledge base, investigator teams, and community engagement needed to reduce the burden of diseases and disability from environmental impacts now and into the future.
With both the ongoing drought and loss of farmable land, the rapid depletion of natural resources is a relevant concern in today’s times. To fight these issues, USC Hospitality has taken action to assert its responsibility for the earth in developing the USC Teaching Garden, a self-sustaining garden to harvest a variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs and edible flowers for its dining venues. The garden’s farming techniques support USC Hospitality’s commitment to the environment and to the health of our dining guests by growing our own food locally without the use of any harmful chemicals.
The Trojan Farmers Market is an open-air marketplace that brings fresh, locally sourced produce and goods to the bustling USC campus. The goal of the market is to support sustainable agriculture and farming practices. When you purchase from the market, you incorporate sustainable practices into your daily life here at USC. Everything here is brought from the farm straight to you!
The USC Urban Garden was established in 2010 as a partnership between the Office of Sustainability and the non-profit organization Urban Farming. Located in the yard of a USC-owned house on Shrine Place, the garden is free and open for students, faculty, staff, and our neighbors to use. Neither pesticides nor chemical fertilizer are used to maintain the garden.