In search of renewable energies — Le Santa Clara

Santa Clara faculty and students came together during the week of the tour to encourage climate action and discussion. This reflected California, the Pacific Coast and British Columbia’s recommitment to climate action with the signing of a new Statement of Cooperation.

To kick off tUrn Week, tUrn Director Kristin Kusanovich hosted an interactive lecture for students to think about seven ways to productively address the climate crisis. According to Kusanovich, renewable energy is not just about sustainability, it’s also about human will.

“If we don’t have renewable human energy, we’re going to be tired, stressed, anxious, or overworked,” Kusanovich said. “Maybe even just let go of social issues [and] work we do.

Human renewable energy, at times, can be difficult to maintain. As such, Kusanovich advises students to follow seven ideas for collectivism. Included in these ideas are innovating while breaking complacency, discussing the problem and translating emotions into action.

Developing a healthy mindset in response to complex climate change topics resonates with sophomore marketing specialist Chloe Abioli. She notes, however, that these messages and Santa Clara’s overall shift to renewable energy are not clearly visible or accessible.

“I feel like I saw it [but] I feel like I haven’t learned enough about it because I should learn more,” Abioli said. “There should be more information sources trying to reach out to the student body and trying to get the message out about how Santa Clara could do more to add new renewable energy sources.”

Additionally, Kusanovich encourages students to refocus themselves and their communities around the principles and supporters of sustainability.

“It’s these unique, sometimes individual contributions, but it’s also the groundswell of scaling,” Kusanovich said. “Then looking at systems and systemic issues and looking at the big picture of how activism and involvement in the political process, involvement in civic life, involvement in educational endeavors can also help change things.”

According to junior finance major Jordan Kobayashi, these discussions are concentrated in specific departments and majors. Similar to Abioli, Kobayashi is unaware of Santa Clara’s renewable energy sources.

Despite this gap, Kobayashi witnessed and felt the need for renewable energy throughout his life. From his childhood roots in Hawaii to his travels in Japan and Korea, renewable energy has remained a staple topic. Living alongside fifteen other girls in Santa Clara, she feels the need to conserve her energy more than ever.

“I know that renewable energy sources are more expensive and also take time to implement, but I think it’s very [important] companies are interested in it,” Kobayashi said. “Because it’s definitely something that affects their mission.”

Amanda J. Marsh