Energy & Transportation

Energy & Transportation

How we generate energy and how we use it, are both important to climate change. Additionally, how we travel from destination to destination also contributes to climate change. The YCA community impact projects featured here focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are created from the energy and transportation sectors through sustainable solutions.

Advocating for Energy Efficiency at Carlmont High School

Community Impact Project Leads – Aarya Mukherjee & Carl Busiek (Carlmont High School)

Project Description: This project aimed to work with the Carlmont High School administration to improve energy usage on their school campus. To do this, the team met with school staff to discuss the environmental benefits of converting their classroom lights to LED automatic sensors. The team also advocated that Sequoia Union School District convert the entire district to the Peninsula Clean Energy’s Eco100 Program. Learn more about Aarya and Carl’s project below.

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Now: A Panel Series on Climate Change and How it Affects Our Lives

Community Impact Project Leads – Ellen Kim (San Mateo High School)

Project Description: For this project, Ellen created a series of virtual educational panels for high school student. The series featured different perspectives on four climate change related topics and how it relates (and will continue to relate) to our everyday lives. The topics covered were Environmental Justice & Intersectional Environmentalism, The Future Impacts of Climate Change, Climate Activism, and Careers in Climate Change. Please visit this website for more information about the panel series and to view the recordings of past panel events. Learn more about Ellen’s project below.

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Reducing Energy Consumption at Menlo-Atherton High School

Community Impact Project Leads – Brandon Wee (Menlo Atherton High School)

Project Description: For this project, Brandon advocated for Menlo-Atherton High School to opt up to 100% renewable energy through Peninsula Clean Energy. As this project evolved throughout the pandemic, he switched the focus of this project to propose to school administration that his school adopt a dashboard tracking system for energy usage at the school. Learn more about Brandon’s project below.

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Improving Sequoia’s Energy Consumption

Community Impact Project Leads – Helena Landels & Isabella Christman (Sequoia High School)

Project Description: This project included a plan to educate others about energy usage by creating an energy use reduction awareness campaign at their school. Helena and Isabella advocated for their school to opt up to PCE’s ECO100 energy plan and plan to continue advocating for their school to swtich to renewable energy. They also hosted an Energy Reduction Challenge raffle at school which incentivized students to reduce their energy usage to win a prize. Learn more about Helena and Isabella’s project below.

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Solar Energy and Transportation Electrification

Community Impact Project Leads – Andrew Chu (The Nueva School) & Jack Sloan (Saint Francis High School)

Project Description: For this project, Andrew and Jack foucsed on connecting with schools that were interested in implementing, or have already implemented clean energy projects, such as purchasing solar panels, or electric vehicle charging stations. The goal behind this was to collect information about successful projects in the past and develop best practices and steps to help facilitate the process for other schools. Learn more about Andrew and Jack’s project below.

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Clipper Cards to San Mateo Union High School District Students

Community Impact Project Leads – Rachel Liu (San Mateo High School) & Allyson Chan (Hillsdale High school)

Project Description: For this project, Rachel and Allyson focused on providing youth clipper cards (a card that provides access to alternative transportation like CalTrain and SamTrans) to all youth within San Mateo County, starting with the San Mateo and Hillsdale high schools. They noticed that their schools had a lot of the information that was needed to obtain a free youth clipper card and wanted to encourage their school administration to use that information to automaticlly sign up students for Clipper Cards. They also created an education and awareness campaign about climate change impacts, and solutions to reduce those impacts through transportation alternatives like taking the train or bus. Learn more about Rachel and Allyson’s project below.

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Spreading Awareness and Taking Action to Improve Energy Efficiency

Community Impact Project Leads – Hrudhai Umas & Tess Dakin (Burlingame High School)

Project Description: For this project, Hrudhai and Tess engaged in two different projects. The first was to adminster a survey at their school to capture the current prespective of teachers and students on climate change. With more than 200 survey responses, they wrote an article for their school paper to share their findings. Read it here. The second part of their project funded the installation of energy efficent appliances in the homes of low income families with the help of Sustainable San Mateo. Learn more about Hrudhai and Tess’s project below.

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YCA Energy & Transportation Community Projects

YCA Students At Work
Site For Possible Renewable Energy Project On School Campus
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