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  • Someone Else

    What an amazing article to share. The "A net-zero energy public school in New York City will open in 2014" link is broken though...I'd love to find out what and where it is!

  • aliebol

    I absolutely love this idea I think even when schools cannot change their school's physical design or bring in chickens they should start to incorporate more experiential learning and make sustainability key part of a child's learning so they grow up with the innate understanding and sense of responsibility to care for the people and planet around them

    • Jenni Schneiderman

      @aliebol, Thanks for sharing your practical enthusiasm - we are so with you! In an effort to share operational and curriculum ideas and lessons learned, our Sustainability Department developed a School Sustainability Handbook. We invite you peek inside, pass it along, and share ideas from your school community! http://agcchicago.org/environmental-stewardship/handbook/

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    "A shift in collective consciousness" and learning to be "net positive"- love that more is possible when people get together to do good.

  • Monica Kraeger

    This is a great example of making sustainability inherent in the next generation's behavior. It is an effective way to change the culture starting with youth.

  • peter walsh

    What do you do with the chickens?

    • Jenni Schneiderman

      So glad you asked, Peter! They are an important part of our wellness curriculum and school ecosystem. AGC students learn to compassionately care for the chickens and we share the eggs with our school families. Our students often educate their parents about the benefits of raising chickens at home!

      • peter walsh

        Hi Jenni, thanks for answering. I've two more questions; what do you do with the chickens when they get old and stop laying eggs? And what did the supplier that provided you with the chickens do with the (probably unwanted) male birds?

        • AGC School

          We don't know a lot about their origins, our girls are all rescue chickens. We don't even know how old they are! They are likely rather old, but they are healthy, happy and well fed and still producing eggs. We will certainly continue to care for and value them if they stop, however.

  • Adele Peters

    This is great. I especially love that it's created a culture where students are continually thinking of solutions for sustainability challenges.