Price students lead new group helping USC become greener

Student Sustainability Committee

Students advising the Presidential Working Group on Sustainability influence how the university pivots to a more sustainable future.


  • Motivated by personal experiences, Price students are now helping USC become a more sustainable institution.
  • Students explore a potential campus “sustainability hub” and expansion of solar power, among other initiatives.
  • New members of the sustainability committee will be announced during Green Week.

Price School students John Cadiz and Monty Hughes can trace their passions for protecting the environment to what they witnessed in their hometowns. 

Each morning, Cadiz would drive by oil fields on his way to high school in Bakersfield, California, where he’d often smell burning gas and once felt the heat from a pipeline explosion from miles away. Cadiz, who’s pursuing a Master’s degree in Urban Planning, suspects exposure to pollution may have played a role in an aunt’s early death from cancer.

Read the Full Story on USC Price School of Public Policy’s website.