April is Earth Month, a time when people all over the world celebrate the planet and reflect on humanity’s relationship with it. This year, the Health Sciences Campus is offering a wide range of events, activities and discounts for faculty, students and staff.

Earth Day — Monday, April 22

Free Electric Vehicle Charging
All Day
Keck Parking Structure, Levels 2 and 3
HC2 Parking
HC4 Parking
Norfolk Public Parking

Sustainability Fair
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital Café

Attendees will be eligible for a chance to win an electric bike!

Tuesday, April 23

Drug Take-back Day
All day
USC Medical Plaza Pharmacy, HC1

The safest way to discard prescription drugs. No questions asked.

E-Waste Collections
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Center for the Health Professions Building (CHP)

Drop off obsolete computers, monitors, printers, batteries and other electronic items for recycling and safe disposal.

Wednesdays through April

Keck Food Offerings
All day
Keck Hospital Cafeteria

Each Wednesday through Earth Month, Keck Hospital Cafeteria will offer a plant-based menu at the action station. There is also a free soda stream promotion throughout the month — just bring a reusable water bottle!

Thursday, April 24

Wellness Pups
Noon-1 p.m.
In front of the Stauffer Pharmaceutical Sciences Center (PSC)

Come and destress with furry friends from LAX Pups, courtesy of the USC Alfred E. Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences!

Friday, April 26

Grand Rounds:
Healthcare Sustainability and Our Path to Carbon Neutrality
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Webinar or in person at:
McKibben Hall
1333 San Pablo Street

Come learn about Keck Medicine and the Keck School’s numerous climate and sustainability initiatives — and why they’re crucial. Featuring Arash Motamed, MD, MBA, medical director of sustainability for Keck Medicine of USC, medical director for operating rooms at Keck Hospital and vice chair of clinical operations for the Department of Anesthesiology with the Keck School.

To join remotely, click here. 

Grand Rounds:
“Climate Change is Among the Greatest Challenges Facing Humanity: The Responses Must Benefit All People and the Natural World.”
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Soto Street Building, Room 115/116, or by webinar

Nationally renowned public health expert Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH, will address how people in the United States must increasingly cope with the inescapable effects of a heating planet, such as increased heat waves, febrile oceans, inexorable storm violence, lost insurance, wildfires and an epidemic of loneliness. Jackson will also explore some of the underlying forces and reflect on physical environment changes that can deliver more health to the public.

Presented by the Keck School Department of Population and Public Health Sciences. Learn more and register here.

Succulent-Making Workshop
1-3 p.m.
PSC, Room 104

USC Mann and ARTX invite all HSC students, faculty and staff to come celebrate Earth Day by upcycling and propagating succulents! Note: No purchases were made for the event — all materials are upcycled or were used in previous events.

To register, click here.*

Coming soon

Ribbon Cutting for Coffee
The Soto Building Complex
The CHP Building, Lobby

Later this month, attend a ribbon cutting to mark the addition of an Illy coffee vending machine. More details coming soon!

Throughout the year

Recycled Furniture Program
First Friday of every month
10 a.m.-noon
Soto Warehouse

Visitors may access the warehouse through the loading dock.  Email Lauren Yoshida and Helen W. Yee to confirm your visit. 

Health Sciences Campus Farmers Market
Tuesdays and Thursdays
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
At the corner of San Pablo and Alcazar

U-Pass Program

To advance environmental stewardship, the U-Pass allows all USC students unlimited rides on LA Metro’s rail and bus lines. Click here to learn more.

Sustainability at USC

The HSC Earth Month celebration is part of Assignment: Earth, USC’s sustainability framework for creating a healthy, just and thriving campus and world. For more on USC’s sustainability efforts and tips on personal sustainability habits, check out USC Employee Sustainability Training, hosted by Trojan Learn.*

* USC Single Sign-on (SSO) required.