Peer to Peer Learning in Environmental Sustainability

environmental sustainability


THE ACADEMY FOR GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP HOSTS GLOBAL AND LOCAL LEADERS TO FOSTER PEER-TO-PEER LEARNING IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

SPECIAL GUESTS ATTENDING INCLUDE U.S. REPRESENTATIVES DAN LIPINSKI AND BILL FOSTER, AND THE MOROCCAN AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S.

CHICAGO, IL (March 20, 2014) –
Today 50 middle, high school and university students gathered at the Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) (4941 W. 46th St., Chicago, IL), an innovative Chicago public charter school located on the underserved southwest side, to learn about renewable energy, its importance in environmental stewardship and practical applications of sustainable technology. A dozenProject Infinite Green high school students led a lesson in solar energy design, and, alongside UIC student mentors from InSPIRE Illinois, helped students build their own solar USB charging stations. This peer-to-peer learning exercise demonstrates the inspired, innovative thinking of our children and how, with a little support, they can change the world.

Congressmen Dan Lipinski (IL-3,) and Bill Foster (IL-11) introduced the project, speaking from their backgrounds in and passions for Engineering and Physics, respectively.  “As a former educator with an engineering degree,” Rep. Lipinski said, “the eagerness of these older students to spark a passion for scientific exploration in others is to be commended, and will hopefully pay dividends for both them and their younger students.”

Mohamed Rachad Bouhlal, the Ambassador of Morocco to the United States, and Marilyn R. Diamond, Morocco’s Honorary Consul General in Chicago, joined to watch the renewable energy project underway.

“With our mission to develop mindful leaders who take action both now and in the future to positively impact their communities and the world beyond, environmental sustainability is a core part of the AGC learning experience,” said Steven Biedermann, Director of Sustainability and Operations at the Academy for Global Citizenship.  “We are honored to be hosting such an amazing, diverse group of talented students to help teach our students about this important concept and how they can play an active role in creating a more sustainable future.”

This event is a part of AGC’s larger mission to be an incubator of innovation, in Chicago and beyond, demonstrating how environmental sustainability can marry seamlessly into a student’s core education experience. AGC’s curriculum fosters creativity and entrepreneurship, particularly in the field of renewable energy. Modeling these ideals for their students, AGC is currently working to develop the first net-positive energy school in Illinois, a public school campus that will be a landmark for sustainability in Chicago. For more information on the Academy for Global Citizenship visit www.agcchicago.org.

CONTACTS: 

Sarah Elizabeth Ippel, AGC Founder, sarahelizabeth(at)agcchicago.org

Katherine Elmer-DeWitt, kelmerdewitt(at)agcchicago.org

About The Academy for Global Citizenship

Founded in 2008, the Academy of Global Citizenship is a Chicago public charter school located on the underserved southwest side of Chicago. The Academy for Global Citizenship was established with an ardent commitment to environmental sustainability and is internationally recognized for its model green school initiatives combined with unprecedented academic results. As an international learning laboratory and incubator of scalable innovation, AGC is dedicated to transforming education, with an unwavering vision to impact 20 million students by 2020. Their innovative and holistic approach to education aims to foster systemic change and inspire the way society educates future generations. To learn more visit www.agcchicago.org.  Follow us on Twitter @globalchicago.

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