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Welcome to the Sustainability Academy


Sustainability:  the shared responsibility for improving the quality of life for all – economically, socially, and environmentally now and for future generations

The Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes, a collaborative partnership of educators, families and the community, integrates the big ideas of sustainability into PreK-5 curriculum and campus practices.

The goal of the Academy is to prepare students to be responsible citizens and agents for change, in their community and beyond.  The Academy is an international model for using sustainability as a lens for place-based education and service learning.  We maintain the highest expectations for academic and personal growth for all of our students and embrace the rich economic and cultural diversity of our community.


SA has won an amazing award! Check it out!

The Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes in Burlington, VT Awarded the Eco-Schools USA Flag-Raising to Signify National and State Leadership on Sustainability Green Flag Honor and Helping the Environment.

WHAT: City-wide ceremony celebrating the Sustainability Academy’s successful implementation of the Eco-Schools USA program and its achievements in ‘greening’ physical structure and grounds, conserving natural resources and integrating environmental education into curricula. 

To win the Green Flag, The Sustainability’s students and faculty tackled a host of sustainability initiatives that began with forming an Eco-Action team; auditing facility energy efficiency, waste disposal and other environmental impact areas; and instituting environmental-themed curricula. 

These steps led to the addition of solar and geothermal systems, a schoolyard transformation which includes full participation in school gardening as well as our farm-to-school partnership, all designed to raise environmental and natural awareness, cut waste, increase student engagement and save money for the school.

National Wildlife Federation was named the US host for the international Eco-Schools program in 2008. The original Eco-Schools ( program is an international 
network of 41,000 K-12 schools in 59 countries, started in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) with support by the European Commission. It was named by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as a model initiative for Education for Sustainable Development in 2003. To learn more about Eco-Schools USA, visit:

ON SITE CONTACT: Suzanne Clark Weishaar, (802) 864-8480,​

Yoga and Mindfulness - at SA!

What's the Deal with a Triangle?


Energy Night 2014 at the Sustainability Academy

SA Students Interview the Mayor (above)

See more videos here!



In the News


"Vermont Report: Shaping the Soul of a School"
The Atlantic, October 9, 2013





"How are Burlington's Magnet Schools Doing Five Years In?"
Seven Days, June 5, 2013


"Taking Root"

"At Burlington's Sustainability Academy, Upgrades are More Than Skin Deep"

Seven Days, September 2012

Click here to see further news coverage
about the Sustainability Academy



Remember to sign up for
your parent-teacher conference!
October 15th 11:30-3:00
October 16th - 8:00-3:00
Call 864-8480
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No school on October 17th

Meet our Strategic Partner!

Shelburne Farms Video,
featuring SA students!