There are many ways faculty can advance sustainability at USC, from your actions on campus to your research and work in the classroom. Check out resources for you and your students at the links below.

For support with sustainability curriculum or experiential learning, please contact Dr. Chelsea Graham, Experiential Learning Manager, at cmgraham@usc.edu.

Chelsea Graham and Sam Schongalla from the office of sustainability, along with university arborist Michael Wallich plant a tree in Founders Park during the celebration of arbor day, April 28, 2023.

Complete the Online Employee Sustainability Training

Explore how USC is achieving its sustainability goals on campus and discover how to become a sustainable USC Employee. This short, online, two-part training is designed to engage staff and faculty in sustainable practices both on and off campus.

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Assign the Student Sustainability Training

The Student Sustainability Training is a great resource for faculty seeking to introduce sustainability in the classroom.

This Trojan Learn module provides an overview of sustainability frameworks, Assignment: Earth, and ways students can make sustainable changes in their daily lives.

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Sustainability Across the Curriculum Initiative

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Initiative (SACI) was created to support faculty in developing new courses, programs, and curricular approaches that focus on sustainability. There are grants available to support faculty designing or modifying courses or creating new minors or programs.

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Climate Momentum Seed Funds

The Climate Momentum Project is based upon a vision that through interdisciplinary leadership in storytelling, the arts, communication, and behavioral messaging, USC will help to catalyze people, organizations, and policymakers to adopt existing and future climate solutions. 

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Sustainability Data Hub

The Sustainability Data Hub provides access to sustainability-related data relevant to USC operations. This data can be used in classes to engage experiential learning, as well as for research. If you are interested in using data, please contact Dr. Julie Hopper, Sustainability Data Analyst at juliehop@usc.edu for appropriate user agreements.

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Sustainability Course Finder

The Sustainability Course Finder was created as a way for students to identify sustainability-related or focused courses. However, for faculty, it can be a useful way to understand how certain sustainability concepts interact with your classes.

Pauline Yu, a Ph.D. candidate in biological sciences, prepares gels for protein electrophoresis in professor Donal T. Manahan's marine biology laboratory.

Sustainability Research Finder

See the leaps and bounds USC is making in sustainability research.

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Incorporating Sustainability into Courses

This resource document, created by Dr. Jill Sohm, provides an overview of various perspectives, tools, and resources that can be used by faculty hoping to incorporate sustainability into their classes. It is a great primer for those new to teaching sustainability, as well as a useful exploration of different perspectives for a seasoned sustainability educator.

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Experiential Learning for Sustainability Guide

The Library Guide for Sustainability Experiential Learning is designed to support faculty with resources for incorporating sustainability-based experiential learning into their courses. It includes links to academic articles and books, as well as links to internal and external resources that can be used to engage students beyond didactic teaching.

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Waste Resources

Access resources for universal and e-waste materials, request a recycling bin or get information for battery recycling/disposal and toner/ink cartridge recycling.