Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.87
Liaison Elias Platte-Bermeo
Submission Date July 29, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Southern California
PRE-3: Institutional Boundary

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Elias Platte-Bermeo
Sustainability Program Assistant
Office of Sustainability
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Institution type:
Doctoral/Research

Institutional control:
Private non-profit

A brief description of the institution’s main campus and other aspects of the institutional boundary used to complete this report:

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international business, USC’s diverse curricular offerings provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study and collaboration with leading researchers in highly advanced learning environments.

For USC’s boundary purposes, operational control will be defined as buildings owned and operated by USC.

USC’s institutional boundary include the following non-exhaustive list of USC owned and operated areas:
- University Park Main Campus
- Health Sciences Campus
- USC Village (Stores, Restaurants & Lifestyle Amenities)
- USC Hotel (240 room hotel)
- Catalina Island Campus (contains USC Wrigley Institute - a research center and teaching facility)

The University of Southern California’s main campus, referred to as the University Park Campus, is located in Los Angeles’s Downtown Arts and Education Corridor. USC has other campuses in L.A. in addition to sites around Southern California and in Sacramento, Calif., and Washington, D.C. Students can participate in the more than 1,000 on-campus organizations, ranging from religious groups to club sports. USC students are not required to live on campus, but the university offers housing in its 40 or so residence halls and apartment buildings.


Which of the following features are present on campus and which are included within the institutional boundary?:
Present? Included?
Agricultural school No No
Medical school Yes Yes
Other professional school with labs or clinics (e.g. dental, nursing, pharmacy, public health, veterinary) Yes Yes
Museum Yes No
Satellite campus Yes No
Farm larger than 2 hectares or 5 acres No No
Agricultural experiment station larger than 2 hectares or 5 acres No No
Hospital Yes No

The rationale for excluding any features that are present from the institutional boundary:

No agricultural schools, farms, or agricultural experiment stations are present.

Hospitals are excluded because they are not fully owned and operated by USC.


Additional documentation to support the submission :

Some (but not all) USC museums and satellite campuses are included in the scope of this STARS assessment. This aligns with buildings/campuses included in the scope of USC's greenhouse gas emissions inventory (which includes USC owned and operated buildings). Refer to the attached additional documentation for a complete list of buildings.

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