USC Go Solar

Los Angeles receives an average of 284 days of sun every year, and as solar technology continues to improve the potential for clean energy generation grows as well. USC has several large roofs ideal for solar panel installation, but instead currently lags behind most other major California universities, failing to have any solar power whatsoever. The principle campaign of the Environmental Core is to address this major shortcoming, with our ultimate goal being for USC to eliminate and offset the entirety of its carbon footprint.

We’ve taken several steps in pursuit of this goal, including bringing on EcoMotion solar consultants, drafting a business proposal to install panels on USC’s largest roof (the Galen Center), and holding several protests to communicate to the university administration the level of student support for on-campus solar generation. Coverage of our most recent solar rally on October 6th, 2016 can be found in the Annenberg Media Center’s climate change special here and in the Daily Trojan here. Additionally, we collaborated with the Environmental Student Assembly’s Directors of Advocacy to put together the “It’s Time for USC To Go Solar” student support video here.

This information is up to date as of February 2016. If you’d like to see the research we’ve gathered for the Galen Center plan or otherwise get onboard with the USC Go Solar campaign, please contact us at ecore@usc.edu.

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