USC Center for Sustainability Solutions

Developing Solutions for a Sustainable and Equitable Future


The USC Center for Sustainability Solutions brings together interdisciplinary groups of researchers who are interested in working in collaboration with local governments, regulatory agencies, industry and NGOs partners to develop innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing urban environmental challenges. Working in the context of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges, the center’s researchers work on:

1. Sustainable Transportation

Transportation is now the largest end-use of energy in developed countries and quickly growing among developing nations. 

2. Energy Systems for Sustainable Development

Democratizing access to clean, sustainable, affordable energy will open opportunities for billions of people to obtain a better quality of life through jobs, improved health, and greater protection from global warming.  

3. Water Systems

The frequency and intensity of local water crises have been increasing, with serious implications for public health, environmental sustainability, food and energy security, and economic development. Growing demand for water and unsustainable economic practices are affecting the quantity and quality of potable water, making water an increasingly scarce and expensive resource — especially for the poor, the marginalized and the vulnerable.

4. Sustainable Cities and Their Built Environments

More than half the world’s population inhabits cities and that number grows by 73 million people every year. This goal seeks to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

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