First Sustainability Solutions cohort begins research

Entrance to the Gwynn Wilson Student Union building, with Assignment: Earth standing posters flanking the door and an uncut Assignment: Earth ribbon across the entrance.

The first cohort of USC’s Presidential Sustainability Solutions Fellowship began its interdisciplinary research for promoting sustainability, deterring climate change and tackling a multitude of pressing environmental challenges in August.

The five postdoctorates who make up the fellowship will receive two years of financial support for their research as well as access to USC’s faculty, including two mentors from different University departments. 

“The great thing about sustainability is that it cuts across fields,” said Robin Craig, faculty co-director of the fellowship. “We’ve got a wonderful focus on sustainability at USC that is interdisciplinary. Various presidents, working groups and student groups are highly interdisciplinary, so this is a good place for a postdoc program.”

The cohort’s environmental research is part of a larger initiative, Assignment: Earth, USC’s sustainability framework for 2028. Among lofty goals, such as achieving zero waste and climate neutrality, the University aims to “substantially increase its interdisciplinary research and research training for sustainability and climate change solutions,” its website reads.

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