In 2013, Americans generated 254 million tons of trash.1 This equates to an average of 4.4 pounds per person per day and 28,800 pounds per day for all USC Housing residents. Waste generation of this volume produces many environmental problems including decreased capacity in landfills, manufacturing of new items to replace those thrown away, and greenhouse gas emissions from landfills. To combat this issue, USC Housing is implementing a Zero Waste Residence starting in Fall of 2016.
Cardinal ‘N’ Gold, the Sustainable Living apartment building, provides environmentally aware community that allows residents in USC Housing to live lightly and reduce their impact on the planet. Residents will be encouraged to take steps to live sustainably through recycling, composting, and conserving water and energy. A three-bin recycle/compost/landfill system will be set up in each apartment, with recycling bins available in bedrooms and bathrooms. Furthermore, each apartment will be equipped with water and energy saving technologies and sustainable furniture - all aimed at decreasing our collective environmental footprint.
If you would like more information on the floor, please contact USC Housing.