Sustainability at Commencement

Commencement and Sustainability


Commencement Goes Green

Assignment: Earth

USC is committed to addressing climate change and creating a more sustainable future. Here are five ways commencement will be greener and cleaner than before:

1. Fewer gas generators

Power will come from “spider boxes that pull energy from surrounding buildings instead of gas-powered generators, whose use has been reduced by nearly 80 percent.

2. Multi-stream recycling bins

Ninety-eight multi-stream bins have been installed to help sort waste and further increase USC’s diversion rate from landfill.

3. Reducing single-use plastics

To eliminate single-use plastics on campus, all water bottles for purchase at commencement are aluminum.

4. Hydration stations

University Park Campus has 172 such stations, and the Health Sciences Campus has 33. Those water refill sites save USC about 140,411 water bottles a month.

5. Reducing paper use

This year the university printed 3,000 fewer Commencement programs.


Sustainability Tips

Creating a more sustainable future is a big assignment, but we’re all in! Join us in following these commencement sustainability tips:

Check out the USC sustainability map to locate more green resources on campus



5 ways USC commencement is cleaner and greener

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