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Report Card 2010

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University of Southern California

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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2010, more than 1,100 school survey responses from over 300 institutions are now available online. In total, these surveys offer more than 10,000 pages of data collected from colleges and universities during the summer of 2009 . To access surveys from other schools, go to the  surveys section  of the website. To see grades, or to access additional surveys submitted by this school, please click the "Back to Report Card" link at the beginning or end of the survey.

 

Name: John Baldo

Position (in student organization): Director of University Affairs

Date survey submitted: August 10, 2009

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.

Name of organization: Undergraduate Student Government

Number of active members:50

Website: usg.usc.edu

Date of last meeting: April 25 2009

Frequency of meetings: Weekly

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008:

    * Recycling inside lecture halls and dorms as well as outside on campus.

    * An reusable mug program with discounts on beverages.

 Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008:

    * Around 70 new recycling bins were added indoors last year as a result of our advocacy.

    * Outdoor recycling was advocated for and pilot programs implemented in some areas.

    * Our Hospitality/Dining division is currently working to select a mug for our reusable mug program.

    * We continue to work with our Facilities Management division to improve the recycling program and increase student involvement and awareness wherever possible.     

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

  2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?

[ X ]  No

[  ]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.

 

SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT

  3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

  [  ]  No

 [ X ]  Yes. Please describe: Sustainability falls under our University Affairs division.  Traditionally, we have had an assistant director who advocates exclusively for sustainability issues important to students.  Last year, I held that position.

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:

 For the last two years in a row, we have organized a Sustainability Town Hall style meeting where university officials speak about recent accomplishments and take questions from the student body. This year it was re-branded as the First Annual USC Sustainability Summit and done in partnership with our new USC Sustainability Program.

 

5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible:

 

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Enironment First

CalPIRG Campus Climate group

Name: Brian Rodysill

Position (in student organization): Co-coordinator of USC CalPIRG's Climate Campaign

  Date survey submitted: 8/9/09

 

 STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

  1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.

Name of organization: USC CalPirg's Climate Campaign

Number of active members: 20

Website: http://www.studentpirgs.org/global-warming-solutions

Date of last meeting: 4/29/09

Frequency of meetings: Every week

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: Climate Change, Water Use/Conservation, Energy Use/Conservation, Sustainable Industry, Sustainable Materials, Recycling, Renewable Energy Generation

 

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: Demonstrated student support for congressional bills promoting the issues of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Energy Use/Generation/Conservation by writing multiple student petitions of support and delivering them to local congressmen/women. Held the first ever Green Track Meet at USC informing the public of responsible energy/water/material use methods while demonstrating student support for the green movement on USC's campus. Cooperated with USC Sustainability Leadership Committee in holding numerous USC Earth Week events including a Sustainability Summit which created a constructive dialogue between the student population and USC executive administrators on the topic of Sustainability and Climate Change

 

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

  2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?

 [  ]  No

 [ x ]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.

 #1 - Name of competition: USC Campus-wide Building vs Building energy saving competition

 Year initiated: 2009

 Frequency of competition: annual

 Participants: 90+ buildings

 Incentives: Public visual

 Goal of competition: Reduce campus energy usage

 Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

 Lasting effects of competition: laid foundation for competiton to run year after year

 Website: http://sustainability.usc.edu/

 

SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT

3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

[ x ]  No

[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

 

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:

Creation of USC Sustainability Leadership Committee that unifies the several sustainability-aimed groups on campus. Initiated USC E-waste collection as part of USC Earth Week 2009, which collected hazardous electronic waste from the local community and disposed of it using a certified e-waste responsible disposer

 

5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible:

USC Sustainability Leadership Committee, Environment First, USC Program Board, Engineers without Borders, ALIVE (Always Living in View of the Environment)

 

Questions 6 is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

 6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):

 CalPIRG, Global Warming Solutions/Campus Climate Challenge

 

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Name: Nicole Sintov

Position (in student organization): Principal Investigator

Date survey submitted: 6 Aug 09

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.

Name of organization: Ecolympics research study

Number of active members: 3

Website: tbd

Date of last meeting: n/a

Frequency of meetings: weekly

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: development of website intervention designed to help usc undergrads reduce energy impact

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008: n/a

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

 

2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?

[  ]  No

[ x ]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.

#1 - Name of competition: Ecolympics

Year initiated: 2009

Frequency of competition: 1st will be in Fall 2009, subsequent events tbd

Participants: 300-1000

Incentives: cash, gift cards, organic personal care products

Goal of competition: survey completion and dormitory building electricity reduction

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: tbd

Lasting effects of competition: tbd

Website: tbd

 

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Name: Ari Simon

Position (in student organization): Head Coordinator

Date survey submitted: 8/5/09

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

 

1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.

Name of organization: Global Warming Solutions (formerly Campus Climate Challenge)

Number of active members: 20

Website: http://www.globalwarmingsolutions.org/

Date of last meeting: May 1, 2009

Frequency of meetings: Weekly

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: Supporting the Waxman-Markey Global Warming Bill, Set up meetings with local congressman, Encouraging the decrease of plastic use at USC (school-wide and personally), Education of clean energy, Education of ways that implementing eco-friendly habits can save people money

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008:

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?

[  ]  No

[ x ]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.

#1 - Name of competition: Say NO! to Plastic

Year initiated: 2008

Frequency of competition: once a semester

Participants: School-wide

Incentives: Get a free canvas bag, enter to win a free reusable USC water bottle

Goal of competition: Bring as many plastic bags in, bring used plastic

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition: Providing many students with free canvas bags has encouraged the use of them when shopping

Website:

 

SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT

  3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

[  ]  No

[ ? ]  Yes. Please describe:

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

 4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:

We were involved in testing a new recycling program for The Lot, a main eatery on campus; we worked with the USC Athletic Department and encouraged them to transform the USC vs. UCLA track meet into USC's first "Green"-themed sports event (official video trailer for the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql5KRdeCEUU )

 

5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible: Environment 1st (E1), ALIVE (Always Living in View of the Environment), Engineers Without Borders (contact Alexander John), Food Not Bombs

 

Questions 6 is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition): CalPIRG

 

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Name: Bobby Hsu

Position (in student organization): VP Sustainability

Date survey submitted: 4 Aug 09

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

  1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.

Name of organization:

Net Impact (graduate) Sustainability Committee

Number of active members: 10

Website: netimpact.org

Date of last meeting: 7/30/09

Frequency of meetings: Summer-Sporadic, School year- Bi-weekly

Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008: Green Orientation Pilot project, Sustainability 501, alterEnergy panel, Renewable Energy Info Series 

Progress made on each issue/program since August 2008:

 

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for

your campus and/or with other colleges?

[ x ]  No

[  ]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.

#1 - Name of competition:

Year initiated:

Frequency of competition:

Participants:

Incentives:

Goal of competition:

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced:

Lasting effects of competition:

Website:

 

SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Does your student government include a specific position or committee

dedicated to campus sustainability issues?

[  ]  No

[ x ]  Yes. Please describe: GPSS Sustainability Chair

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:

Green Cleaning Pilot project, create a tool to help understand costs of switching to green cleaning supplies

 

  5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if

available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible:

 

Questions 6 is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process .

6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra

Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):

Net Impact Nationals


 

 

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