Sustainability takes center stage at town hall event

An illustration collage of sustainable initiatives.

Several months after opening, the USC Sustainability Hub on the University Park Campus was filled with students, all with a similar question: How can they learn about and get involved in more sustainability efforts across USC campuses?

Thursday’s Student Sustainability Town Hall addressed those questions and more, showcasing what the university is doing to create greener campus communities. The conversation ranged from USC President Carol Folt’s sustainability “moonshot” to education tools from the USC Office of Sustainability.

“To get something done, it helps to have that top-down leadership, but also to have bottom-up grassroots support, which is where you all come in,” Mick Dalrymple, USC chief sustainability officer, said to students.

The town hall — put on by the USC Student Sustainability Committee of the Presidential Working Group on Sustainability and the USC Environmental Student Assembly — provided an opportunity for students to engage in an ongoing conversation with sustainability leaders across USC campuses.

“Find people to collaborate with you, build bridges to research, to arts, to public service — connect with the staff and faculty who’ve been working on these issues for many years,” Folt told the town hall over video. “They are doing game-changing work, and many are right there with you today.”

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