USC Center for Sustainable Cities

Improving cities through research, education, and community outreach

Fact Sheet

Mission: The Mission of the USC Center for Sustainable Cities is to improve the environment, economic vitality, and social equity of metropolitan areas through multidisciplinary research, education and community outreach.

  • The Center for Sustainable Cities moved to the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development in 2009(now named USC Sol Price School of Public Policy). Prior to that transition, the Center was housed in the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • The Center is led by Interim Director Hilda Blanco, who is one of the nation’s foremost experts on global climate change mitigation and adaptation. Additionally, the Center includes an executive committee of approximately ten academics in the fields of architecture, urban planning, environmental engineering, and real estate
  • To date, the Center for Sustainable Cities has raised $962,000 in research funds to support projects on greenhouse gas inventories, water scarcity, and sustainable communities
  • Areas of research expertise include: climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, sustainability policies and governance, water scarcity, and greenhouse gas emissions
  • The Center for Sustainable Cities annually hosts approximately one dozen outreach and education events, the majority of which are free to the general public