The Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes is an elementary magnet school located in the Old North End of Burlington, Vermont. Several times a year, the community comes together to break some sweat and get their hands dirty transforming the school grounds into an urban oasis of creative, natural play.

The Big Ideas of Sustainability are integrated into curriculum and campus practices by interpreting state and district curriculum through the lenses of economics, the environment, and social justice.

As one of the most urban schools in Vermont, we used place-based education to explore our local community and city, and implement service-learning activities in order to improve our community and the greater world. The Mission of the Sustainability Academy is to educate and empower students to improve the quality of life for all - economically, socially, and environmentally - now and for future generations.

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