Energy conservation is a huge factor in environmental problems of any kind, and as such, the International Energy Club (IEA) is devoted to raising awareness of these issues at high schools and businesses in the Orange County area. The IEA’s purpose at Jserra Catholic High School is to educate the school and its students as to how they can reduce their carbon footprint by using less energy and relying on renewable energy as much as possible. The club will focus its efforts on conservation on campus, but will also extend its efforts to how students can practice these methods at home.
The goals of the club for the 2015-2016 can be broken up into short-term and long-term goals: the short-term goals include gathering support and participants for the upcoming “Two Degrees Awareness Conference” at Haverford College, in Spring in 2016. At the conference, Haverford College and the IEA are joining together to bring participants and attendees the most current information regarding energy, and how it relates to nation prosperity, economics, government policy, security and global warming. Much of the conference will focus on carbon gas emissions; carbon gas emissions are largely responsible for the increase in the global temperature, due to large amounts of burning coal to produce energy. The focus of the conference is to better understand these interrelated global issues in order to better rationalize what can be done with energy to limit global warming to no more that the widely adopted international standard of two degrees Celsius (by 2030). JSerra students will be provided with the opportunity to attend the conference, as well as speaking at or otherwise participating in the conference.
In regards to the long-term goals for the club, the IEA hopes to conserve energy at JSerra by inviting electricity companies to have a tour of the school and provide recommendations about the school as to what should be done in order to save more energy, and consequently save money.