Just-installed solar panels atop Galen Center are the latest — and largest — step in USC’s move toward sustainability. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Perched high atop the Galen Center, USC President Carol L. Folt surveys a scene of sweet success as rows of solar energy panels unfurl before her. The Los Angeles cityscape spreads to the horizon beneath azure skies as the ecologist-turned-executive basks in the moment.

Galen Center Goes Green graphic

(USC Graphic/K Selnick)

“This is so impressive,” Folt said, gazing at the newly installed solar panels. “It’s such an accomplishment for this university and provides an uplifting view to the future. We are looking at the future of the planet, because if we can get it

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