The USC Center for Sustainable Cities conducts research, education, and community outreach to address sustainability challenges facing metropolitan regions.
We seek to generate innovative solutions that enhance the environment, economic vitality and social equity of cities worldwide.
The Center fosters multi-disciplinary research with an emphasis on sustainability challenges of metropolitan areas. Metropolitan areas are at the core of sustainability issues; large populations and extensive, resource intensive economic activity generate environmental pollution and consume scarce natural resources. Metropolitan areas also exhibit some of our most serious social equity problems. As the world’s population continues to urbanize, metropolitan areas will increasingly be the focus of environmental protection, social justice, energy conservation, and greenhouse gas reduction policies.