Energy Auditing and conservation

Great Works Symposium Energy alternatives

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This site was created as a project for the Great Works Symposium Winter 2009-2010 course on Energy Alternatives at Drexel University. From the class, we learnt about many forms of alternative sources of energy. These include nuclear, biomass and bio-fuels, solar and wind energy. We also learned about Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) which is an ecology-oriented building certification program run under the auspices of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

We indeed realize the significance of these initiatives. However, we sincerely believe that we all have a role to play if we are to reduce global carbon emissions and curtail the effects of global warming. There is overwhelming scientific consensus that global warming is a reality, and that it is indeed human-induced. Furthermore, scientists have declared that it may be one of the greatest threats facing the planet and chances for ecosystems to adapt naturally are diminishing.

As our carbon emissions causes increased global warming, the temperature of the oceans rise and this causes extreme changes in weather patterns. This includes rapid melting of the Antarctic Ice Sheet to an increase in intense hurricanes to record snowstorms across the United States to droughts in places such as Australia and the Caribbean Region to flooding such as in the southeastern U.S. in 2009.

The change is evident! However, what are we doing as individuals? Do we just sit back and depend on our governments to solve these problems? We call this earth our home, and just like our houses that we live in, we must do whatever we can to sustain it. We had the opportunity of participating in an energy audit at Girard College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania along with a young group of students. Energy auditing is indeed a worthwhile venture that can have significant effects on energy savings
Therefore, COME JOIN US AND FIND OUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO REDUCE YOU CARBON FOOTPRINT AND SAVE OUR PLANET!

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