Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.87
Liaison Julie Hopper
Submission Date July 29, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Southern California
EN-12: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Elias Platte-Bermeo
Sustainability Program Assistant
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of continuing education courses offered:

Number of continuing education courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Percentage of continuing education courses that are sustainability course offerings:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:
Institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:

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Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

Does the institution have at least one sustainability-focused certificate program through its continuing education or extension department?:

A brief description of the certificate program(s):

Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Business

This certificate focuses upon the incorporation of business in resolving social and environmental issues. It is offered by USC’s Marshall School of Business in both a full-time and part-time capacity. The program’s primary goal is to teach its students about the tools and skills needed to adapt to the necessary sustainable transformations to industry. It is designed for the admission of USC’s graduate students as well as alumni and any individual with the desire to gain extensive knowledge in this area of study.

Certificate in Sustainable Design

As a certificate offered by USC Architecture School, the Certificate in Sustainable Design emphasizes the importance in conscious design. Understanding the concern in regard to the Earth’s finite resources, the program aims to teach its architecture students to incorporate these concerns in the design of the built environment. To receive this certificate the student must complete a minimum of 14 units of environmental seminars, sustainable infrastructure and building courses, and various electives. These courses are all a means to educate the individual of the many ways an architect can promote sustainability within natural and man-made landscapes through the proper design of a structure’s energy consumption.

Certificate in Sustainable Policy and Planning

USC Price School of Public Policy and Planning offers a sustainability focused graduate certificate. This program requires the completion of 12-14 units of relevant coursework. The intent of this curriculum is to teach its students the importance of helping build communities without harming the integrity of resources meant for future generations. The selection of courses designated for this program span multiple departments and offer a wide array of sustainability-related thematics. The certificate is open to all applicants; however, there is an especially simplified application process for current USC graduate students.

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As in the AC-1: Academic Courses credit, UN SDG or UN SDG Targets were used as the basis of determining whether a continuing education course qualified as a sustainability course offering.

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