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.
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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 (http://www.eco-schools.org/) 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: http://www.nwf.org/eco-
WHO: The SA community, along with our school and city leaders
WHEN: August 26, 2014 11:30AM-12:30P
WHERE: The Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes 123 North Street Burlington, VT 05401
WEB: For more information about the Sustainability Academy’s Eco-Schools USA Project, visit http://sa.bsdvt.org
ON SITE CONTACT: Suzanne Clark Weishaar, (802) 864-8480, email@example.com
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