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About

ESA encourages and facilitates the academic, pre-professional, cultural, social, and political self-realization of the University of Southern California’s environmental student groups as individuals and as a unified student community and advances and develops the green culture of the University and neighboring community.
It is our mission to...
  • Engage: connect students to the environmental community through our programming and bring in new students to ideas of sustainability.
  • Inform: provide students with correct information about environmental issues and about university action to confront them.
  • Empower: give students the resources and opportunities to get involved, voice their interests, and have an impact.
Click here to see how we fit into USC’s environmental community!

Events

Initiatives

Sustainability Goals by 2020

Sustainability 2020 embraces the integration of sustainability into all facets of the university. This plan supports coordination and implementation through USC’s decentralized management model by focusing on policies that affect the university as a whole.
Sustainability in Education and Research
  • Encourage the development of environmentally literate students and faculty
  • Develop degree programs that train students to be practitioners of sustainability studies and science with a curriculum that embodies breadth and depth
  • Develop excellence in research that includes cross-disciplinary studies, promotes competitiveness in grant applications, and produces transformative findings
Engagement in Sustainability
  • Strengthen awareness of existing campus sustainability practices and set targets to increase activity
  • Establish the USC campuses as living laboratories for sustainability
  • Engage the community in the principles of sustainability
Energy Conservation & Greenhouse Gas Mitigation
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions per square foot by 20% from 2014 levels by 2020
  • Capitalize on energy risks and opportunities
Sustainable Transportation
  • Reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles (SOVs) traveling to and from the USC campuses
  • Increase student, faculty, and staff participation in alternative transportation programs
Sustainable Procurement
  • Engage 75% of USC departments and offices in responsible purchasing practices by 2020
  • Purchase 10% of food from sustainable sources by 2017 and 20% by 2020
Waste Diversion
  • Achieve 75% waste diversion levels by 2020
  • Increase education on waste reduction and recycling and expand diversion and recycling programs
Waste Conservation
  • Decrease potable water use 10% by 2017 and 25% by 2020
  • Increase awareness of current water conservation practices
  • Implement audience-appropriate educational campaigns designed to modify behavior and increase conservation

Click here to learn more about the Sustainability 2020 Plan’s origins.
Click here to read the entire plan.

Executive Board

Executive Directors (Olivia & Emily)
Assistant Director (Claire)
Diretor of Events (Joseph)
Director of Financial Operations (Soven)
Director of External Affairs (Firuze)
Director of Internal Affairs (Sachi)
Directors of Advocacy (Carissa & Autumn)
Directors of Outreach (Devin & Margaux)
Social Media Chairs (Maryam & Emily)
Technology Chair (Isabella)
Graphic Designs Chair (RaeAnn)
Community Gardens Chair (Ogechi)
Greek Relations Chairs (Olivia & Samantha)

Autumn Gupta

Co-Director of Advocacy
Year: Junior
Major: Environmental Studies
Minor: Spatial Studies
Hometown: Smithville, Missouri
Fun Fact: My secret talent is lassoing
Spirit Vegetable: CARROTS

Carissa Velasquez

Co-Director of Advocacy
Year: Junior
Majors: Political Science and NGO's & Social Change
Hometown: Porterville, CA
Fun Fact: I've seen every episode of Ancient Aliens at least 10 times each. Highly obsessed with aliens.
Spirit Vegetable: Onion. They have layers

Claire Mauss

Assistant Director
Year: Sophomore
Major: Environmental Science and Health
Hometown: Irvine, California
Fun Fact: I volunteered on an organice herbal tea farm this summer!
Spirit Vegetable: Artichoke

Devin Manion

Co-Director of Outreach
Year: Junior
Major: Environmental Studies
Hometown: Los Gatos, CA
Fun Fact: One day I want to be on the board of an art musuem.
Spirit Vegetable: String bean

Emily Palmer

Co-Executive Director
Year: Senior
Major: Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Fun Fact: I have kayaked the same route as the mayor in Portlandia.
Spirit Vegetable: Golden Beet

Emily Quirke

Co-Social Media Chair
Year: Junior
Majors: Environmental Studies and Political Economics
Hometown: Rye, NY
Fun Fact: I have an identical twin sister.
Spirit Vegetable: Beets

Firuze Barimani

Director of External Affairs
Year: Senior
Major: Business
Hometown: Hacienda Heights, CA
Fun Fact: I've been raising chickens at home for eight years now.
Spirit Vegetable: Sweet potato

Isabella Caltabiano

Technology Chair
Year: Sophomore
Major: International Relations
Minors: Environmental Studies and Law & Public Policy
Hometown: New York
Fun Fact: I am trilingual
Spirit Vegetable: Scallion

Joseph Mathews

Director of Events
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Margaux Wilson

Co-Director of Outreach
Year: Junior
Major: Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Fun Fact: Sasha Obama called me out for being "too old" for the crowd at a musical festival last summer.
Spirit Vegetable: Cherry tomato

Maryam Sultan

Co-Social Media Chair
Year: Junior
Major: Undecided
Hometown: Hawthorne, CA
Fun Fact: I have an unhealthy obsession with donuts.
Spirit Vegetable: Tomatoes

Ogechi Ibeanusi

Community Gardens Chair
Year: Senior
Majors: History & English
Hometown: Pacifica, CA
Fun Fact: I like to go horse-back riding in my free time.
Spirit Vegetable: Carrot

Olivia Carmack

Co-Greek Relations Chair
Year: Junior
Major: Environmental Studies
Hometown: Palos Verdes, CA
Fun Fact: When I was little I used to eat sticks of butter.
Spirit Vegetable: Cherry Red Tomato

Olivia Pearson

Co-Executive Director
Year: Junior
Major: Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Oakhurst, CA
Fun Fact: My fingers are double jointed and I can gleek on command.
Spirit Vegetable: Artichokes

RaeAnn Noakes

Graphic Designs Chair
Year: Sophomore
Major:
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Fun Fact:
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Sachi Elias

Director of Internal Affairs
Year: Sophomore
Major: Enviornmental Science and Health
Hometown: New York City
Fun Fact: I am a shark diver.
Spirit Vegetable: Peas

Samantha Archie

Co-Greek Relations Chair
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Soven Bery

Director of Financial Operations
Year: Junior
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ
Fun Fact: As a child I lived on a farm in Ohio and once got lost in a corn field for 5 hours.
Spirit Vegetable: Corn

Partners

Global Inheritance


Global Inheritance works to empower individuals worldwide to think and act creatively in solving global issues. The group’s initiatives focus on the power of creativity to communicate and drive progressive social change. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, California Global Inheritance has specialized in reaching young audiences to create awareness of environmental and social issues.

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Facebook
Twitter
Email

Asta Works


Asta Works is a platform that guides and encourages recycling in a convenient and social manner. They help you make the right decision at the point of disposal and help you see your impact through their app. By collecting clothing, plastic bags, bottles & cans, and wine corns Asta Works works to reduce U.S. waste.

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Office of Sustainability


The USC Office of Sustainability office members work on teams with internal and external stakeholders such as operations units, students, faculty and school leaders, community and city leaders, and the private sector to help develop lasting solutions for some of USC’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.

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Program Board


Made up of 5 special-interest committees and 9 community-focused assemblies all united with the common goal of promoting diversity and entertainment through events on campus, USC Program Board is the programming branch of Undergraduate Student Government and the umbrella organization for many other student organizations on campus.

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USG


The USC Undergraduate Student Government is the official governing body of the nearly 19,000 undergraduates at USC. Through extensive advocacy, programming, and funding work, they seek to make a meaningful impact on the undergraduate experience.

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Member Organizations

Clover
American Academy of of Environmental Engineers & Scientists
Eco-op
Environmental Core
Greeks Go Green
Peaks and Professors
SC Outfitters
Trojan Food Recovery Network
SCuba Diving Club
Preloved Fashion Association
Solar Car Team
Science Policy Group
Coming Soon

News

Applications


Click here for the ESA Member Org Funding Application.
Click here for the ESA Member Org Media Request Form.

Click here for the Green Engagement Fund application due next spring semester 2018.

Contact

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