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Our Common Future, also known as the Brundtland Report, defined the concept of sustainability and sustainable development in 1987. It stated, "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." It is interdisciplinary in nature, bringing together environmental science, social justice, economics, and engineering, for example.

For more information, read McGill University's "What is Sustainability?"

USC 2020 Plan

Launched in 2015, the Sustainability 2020 Plan is USC’s first campus-wide sustainability program. It is organized around seven core initiatives:

  • Education and Research
  • Engagement
  • Energy conservation/Greenhouse Gas Mitigation
  • Transportation
  • Procurement
  • Waste Diversion
  • Water Conservation


Established in 2008, the Sustainability Steering Committee, comprised of faculty, staff, and students, led the university in advancing sustainability at USC. 

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USC 2028 Plan

As 2020 is here, USC has begun developing a Sustainability 2028 Plan. The USC Sustainability Steering Committee and the Office of Sustainability have developed a survey to assess the opinions of USC faculty, staff, and students as the prepare the 2028 Plan. 

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Sustainability News

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