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

STARS v2.2

University of Southern California
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Elias Platte-Bermeo
Sustainability Program Assistant
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

1) The USC Sustainability Steering Committee (SSC) consists of members selected from administrators, staff, students, and faculty who are knowledgeable of and play a large role in advancing sustainability at USC. SSC's mission is to integrate sustainability as a core value in university planning, and to help to develop campus sustainability goals and initiatives

More information: https://green.usc.edu/2020-plan/committee/

2) The USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability in Education, Research, and Operations (PWG) is comprised of faculty, staff and students who provide leadership and guidance on a comprehensive, university-wide approach to sustainability, and make recommendations to the President on how to make meaningful changes to lessen USC's environmental impact

More information: https://presidentialsustainability.usc.edu/

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

1) USC Sustainability Steering Committee:
Mark Ewalt, Sustainability Steering Committee Chair, EHS staff
Ellen Dux, Sustainability Steering Committee, Co-Chair Office of Sustainability staff
Elias Platte-Bermeo, Sustainability Program Assistant, Office of Sustainability staff
Joshua Sierra, Zero Waste Program Specialist, Office of Sustainability staff
Paul Adler, Harold Quinton Chair in Business Policy And Professor of Management and Organization, Marshall School faculty
John Heidelberg, Associate Professor, Wrigley Institute faculty
Jeremy Kagan, School of Cinematic Arts faculty
Kyle Konis, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture faculty
Rebecca Longergan, Professor, School of Law faculty
Dan Mazmanian Professor, Price School faculty
Anton Akulov HSC, Research Specialist Staff Assembly Environment and Safety Committee staff
Ray Barkley, FPM staff
Erika Chesley, President Staff Assembly
Jessica Dutton, Associate Director for Research and Engagement, WEIS staff
Carol Fern, FPM staff
Nichelle Huizar, Sustainability Manager Auxiliary Services staff
Eric Johnson, FPM staff
Diane Kim, Director of Undergraduate Programs WEIS
Ron Mackovich, Communications Specialist staff
Jackie Mardirossian, HSC Manager of Continuing Education staff
Tony Mazza, Transportation staff
Ana Orvieto, HSC Sustainability staff
Peniel Park Director, Procurement Services staff
Gary Polakovic, Communications Manager staff
Karen Reed, FPM staff
Sri Sankarapu HSC, Director of Space Planning staff
Gina Whisenant, FPM Waste and Recycling Manager staff
Zelinda Welch, FPM Energy Manager staff
Nathaniel Hyman, Co-Director ESA student
Rhiann Joshua, Director of Campus Affairs staff
Tianna Shaw-Wakeman, student

2) Presidential Working Group on Sustainability in Education, Research, and Operations (PWG):
Paul Adler President, USC Academic Senate Faculty
Jan Amend, Divisional Dean for the Life Sciences Faculty
Joseph Arvai, Director of the USC Wrigley Institute Faculty
Christina Bellantoni, Director of the USC Wrigley Institute Faculty
Marlon Boarnet, Department Chair, Urban Policy and Spatial Analysis Professor of Public Policy Faculty
Ellen Dux, Associate Director, Office of Sustainability Office of Sustainability
Mark Ewalt, Executive Director, USC Administrative Operations Office of Sustainability
Evan Davis, Director of Sustainability, Graduate Student Government Student
Elizabeth Graddy, Executive Vice Provost, USC Office of the Provost Faculty
Howard Hu, Visiting Professor of Preventative Medicine Faculty
Nicholas Hudson, Project Specialist Office of Sustainability
Nathaniel Hyman, Undergraduate Student Representative Staff
Kyle Konis, Assistant Professor of Architecture Faculty
Marty Levine, Vice Provost and Senior Advisor Faculty
Rebecca Lonergan, Past President, USC Academic Senate Faculty
Colin Maclay, Executive Director of the Annenberg Innovation Lab Faculty
Dan Mazmanian, Chair & Professor of Public Policy Faculty
Rob McConnell, Professor of Preventative Medicine Faculty
Mahta Moghaddam, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty
Marty Sargeant, Chief Operation Officer, Keck School of Medicine Staff
Andy Stott, Dornsife College Dean of Undergraduate Education Professor of English Faculty
Gale Sinatra, Stephen H. Crocker Professor of Education Faculty
Detlof von Winterfeldt, J.A. Tiberti Chair in Ethics and Decision-making Faculty
Charles Zukoski, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Faculty

More information:
1) Sustainability Steering Committee (SSC): https://green.usc.edu/2020-plan/committee/
2) Presidential Working Group (PWG): https://presidentialsustainability.usc.edu/

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The USC Office of Sustainability (OoS) is located in the Department of Environmental Health and Saftey. It is responsible for the integration of sustainability initiatives into areas such as energy conservation and greenhouse gas mitigation, transportation, procurement, waste diversion, and engagement, as well as tracking and reporting sustainability metrics. OoS works with colleagues from across the university to identify challenges and opportunities to help advance sustainability and change behaviors to meet USC's sustainability goals More information: https://green.usc.edu/

In addition to the Office of Sustainability, sustainability work is done by many colleagues across the university: Facilities Planning Management, Auxiliary Services (Residential Housing and Dining, USC Hotel, Transportation), Athletics, Academic Senate Sustainability Committee, The Wrigley Institute, Dornsife Public Exchange, Cultural Relations and University Events, the Environmental Student Assembly, and Undergraduate and Graduate Student Government support USC's sustainability goals.

Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Ellen Dux, Associate Director, USC Office of Sustainability

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

The Office of Sustainability coordinates sustainability through monthly SSC meetings, bi-annual sustainability forums, and implementation of the 2020 Sustainability Plan including the following accomplishments:
1. Reduced greenhouse gas emissions per square foot by 35% from 2014 levels
2. Reduced single-occupancy vehicles traveling to/from USC’s campuses to an average 2.0 riders per vehicle; expanded participation in alternative transportation programs
3. Expanded compost and recycling programs; achieved 37% waste diversion rate
4. Implemented resource use behavior change engagement campaigns for students, faculty, and staff; increased awareness of sustainability practices
5. Purchased 40+ percent of food from sustainable sources

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More information on the Sustainability Steering Committee (SSC): https://green.usc.edu/2020-plan/committee/

More information on the Presidential Working Group (PWG): https://presidentialsustainability.usc.edu/

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