Here, you can find a list of projects that were previously approved by the Grant Allocation Committee. Feel free to click through the links to find out more about each student-driven proposal, and for the most current information on progress.
Solar Panel Umbrellas in Tutor Campus Center Courtyard
Although free and reliable, USC has not taken advantage of the 292 total days of sun it receives per year to contribute to its energy grid. By installing Powersol Umbrellas in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Courtyard, USC can finally begin utilizing the sun’s energy to charge many students’ most important devices, their phones and tablets. Not only is there plenty of foot and stationary traffic, but the second floor walkway provides a full and impressive view of the solar farm that can become of the courtyard. Finally, implementing such plan is not only extremely practical, it demonstrates a strong initiative that students, faculty, and staff are willing to cooperate as a unit to promote sustainability at USC.
Water Bottle Fill-Stations at LA Memorial Coliseum
Rain Barrels at Catalina Island
Solar Power for USC Urban Garden
Native Plants in Queen’s Courtyard
Solar Powered Aquaponics Learning Garden
We propose to develop an aquaponics system at the Parkside Community Garden to demonstrate a model of sustainable food production on campus and in Los Angeles. Aquaponics is a recirculating and nearly closed loop system that grows fish and plants simultaneously, taking advantage of the natural cycling of nutrients between fish, bacteria, and plants.
Recycling Bins on the Row
This project aimed to reduce the amount of waste (both recyclables and plastic water bottles) on 28th street and to increase awareness of sustainability efforts in the students that live there. Funds were allocated to purchase recycling bins for sorority houses, who committed via signature to maintain and manage this new waste stream.
Native Plant Garden Expansion
Rain Barrels in Light of Droughts
PSYCHO: Water Conservation PSA
The goal of this project is to educate and provoke action to conserve water in the USC community. When the attention spans of young minds getting shorter and shorter, and with everyone connecting on social media platforms, this project uses the same platforms to connect and evoke change.
Addressing the Water Energy Nexus at USC: Solar & Skywater Upgrades to Wrigley Institute
This project aims to address the water-energy nexus that is so crucial to sustainability, and we are addressing the water half of the equation through the implementation of a Skywater system.
Sustainable Gardening at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center
This project will be a component in a larger objective of making Wrigley Marine Science Center a demonstration campus for sustainability. Issues regarding resources are exacerbated and magnified on the island, however, solutions are more easily implemented and the impacts of those attempt are more quickly seen. Specifically, this project will be the first step in generating our own food sources.
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