USC Center for Sustainable Cities

Improving cities through research, education, and community outreach

Center Programs

The Center engages in three basic activities:

Multidisciplinary research aimed at solving complex urban environmental problems involving experts in urban planning , public policy, real estate development, engineering, and the natural and social sciences.

Sustainability education, for both graduate and undergraduate students, through degree and certificate programs integrating a broad array of fields that include civil, environmental, chemical and industrial engineering, biological and earth sciences, economics, geography, sociology, anthropology, political science, public policy and urban planning.

Outreach efforts to bring results of Center research and practical insights of graduate students and faculty directly to those who can utilize them – to encourage more sustainable private or corporate behavior, and to create or restructure public policies and programs.