USC’s next step toward carbon neutrality and zero waste: No plastic bottles

Annenberg Plastics Bottle Elimination

With plans to ban plastic bottles and to implement an electric vehicle fleet, solar power and sustainable infrastructure, USC has set an aggressive timeline to reach carbon neutrality by 2025, zero waste by 2028.

USC announced it will eliminate single-use plastic beverage bottles from all of its campuses as of July 1 to further the university’s goal to reach zero waste in a university-wide email from USC’s Chief Sustainability Officer Michael “Mick” Dalrymple. This is the latest initiative part of USC’s 2028 Sustainability Framework, Assignment: Earth, which will guide the university’s actions to build a greener and more sustainable campus.

In a video released Monday to kick-off USC’s Earth Week events, USC President Carol Folt said the university hopes to reach zero waste by 2025.

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