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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.


  • CSC 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

  • 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. This is the last of the 3 volumes completed—the Working Group I report focused on the climate science evidence for climate change, released in September 2013; the Working Group II report focused on the likely impacts of climate change and the need for nations to prepare for these impacts. 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 thereby the impacts of climate change. She worked with an international team of 15 lead authors to assess the international research on this topic.

  • Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Impacts of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Policy Options for the Southern California Climate and Economic Development Project (CEDP)

    The Center for Sustainable Cities sponsors Workshop on Economic Impacts of Climate Policy on the SCAG Region Economy to take place on April 2nd, 9-12 am in Lewis Hall, Room 101. Profs. Adam Rose and Dan Wei will present their findings on the micro and macroeconomic impacts of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Policy Option for the SCAG Region. Profs. Dan Mazmanian and Marlon Boarnet will be discussants. SCAG_CEDP Workshop_3-12-14.docx

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USC Center for Sustainable Cities
University of Southern California
Von Kleinsmid Center
3518 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0048

Phone: (213) 821-2431