USC Village and the Environment
The University currently implements an extensive program that promotes sustainability through energy conservation methods, waste reduction and recycling, water conservation, and smart growth.
USC Village will uphold this commitment to conservation and will be a sustainable, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified development. LEED certification is a rating system used by the U.S. Green Building Council that encourages construction projects that decrease negative environmental impacts while supporting the health and wellness of building occupants.
Many features of the village will reduce the need for vehicles. By providing dining and retail options close to housing, it will promote walkability in the area and will better link to public transportation, pedestrian and bicycle routes. USC Village will also conserve water and energy through the use of native and drought-tolerant plants, high-efficiency toilets, self-closing water faucets, low energy lighting, Energy Star-rated appliances, and more.
For more information on USC’s sustainability efforts, please visit our website.