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Center for Sustainable Cities


Welcome to the CSC

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.


  • Spring Forum on Envisioning Drought Resilient Cities

    The Forum will take place on May 6th, from 2-4:30 pm, Room 101, Lewis Hall. drought). Join us for presentations from prominent architects, engineers, and sustainability experts to explore the transformation of cities to meet increasing water scarcity in the arid Southwest. Forum on Envisioning Drought Resilient Cities

  • Contemporary Urban Patterns and Processes

    Prof. Blanco's articles in new MIT book on "Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era" (2014) available for download in publications.

  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group III Report on Mitigation Released April 13, 2014

    "The UN 5th global assessment of the potential for mitigating/reducing climate change" was released on April 13. Prof. Blanco is a lead author of "Chapter 12. Human Settlements, Infrastructure and Spatial Planning," a chapter that focuses on urban strategies to reduce carbon emissions and the magnitude of climate change. The entire report is available at the IPCC site. Chapter 12 is available in the Quicklinks column.

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