This summer, USC marked a major milestone in its sustainability efforts by adorning the rooftops of graduate student housing locations around the University Park Campus with state-of-the-art solar panels.
This investment reduces the university’s dependency on the electrical grid and also propels it closer to achieving carbon neutrality by 2025, a key goal of the Assignment: Earth sustainability initiative.
The project kicked off in July, as cranes hoisted the giant panels atop the Windsor, Vista, Stardust and Seven Gables apartment complexes. Zelinda Welch, energy manager with USC Facilities Management Services, watched the project unfold from its inception.
“It’s inspiring to be a part of such a significant initiative that will leave a lasting positive impact on our campus and beyond,” she said. “Universities have a unique opportunity to inspire and empower the next generation of leaders by demonstrating our commitment to sustainable practices. Embracing renewable energy solutions, reducing our carbon footprint and setting ambitious sustainability goals send a powerful message about our dedication to a greener and more responsible future.”