USC Wrigley Institute for Environment and Sustainability USC Wrigley Institute for Environment and Sustainability

USC Wrigley Institute for Environment and Sustainability

The University of Southern California-based institution is committed to teaching students as well as conducting research and outreach that inspires global solutions to environmental challenges.

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Engaging in Impactful Environmental Research

USC Wrigley Institute for Environment and Sustainability

Nick Neumann/USC Wrigley Institute

Although the Wrigley Institute for Environment and Sustainability (formerly known as the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies) was not officially established until 1995, USC has held a longstanding commitment to environmental studies. In 1901, the university hired its first marine biologist, and in 1910, it began its first study on water contamination off Venice Beach. Today, the Wrigley Institute continues this tradition of curiosity and commitment to investigating and solving environmental issues.

The institute operates a state-of-the-art research complex and teaching facility on Catalina Island, which includes eight laboratories with a capacity of 24 researchers and 60 students. These students and researchers, in conjunction with those operating on USC's Los Angeles campus, produce cutting-edge research on biological reactions to climate change and the relationship between human and natural communities. This scientific research informs the institute's work on environmental policy to advocate systematic reform and public education campaigns to foster awareness.

GRoW Support

2022

Event - Climate Forward Conference 

2020

Project - Virtual Climate Forward Conference (2021)

General Operating Support

2017

General Operating Support