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Partners In Learning
An educational community is built not only by students, teachers, and families within a school building and at home, but also through interaction with the real-world partners who invest in our children and their future.  The Sustainability Academy is deeply appreciative for the time, effort, enthusiasm, and educational, philosophical and financial support that has come from the following partners.  
Strategic Partner

Shelburne Farms: The Sustainability Academy is a partnership between the Burlington School District and Shelburne Farms.  Shelburne Farms is a membership-supported, nonprofit environmental education center and National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont. Their mission is "to cultivate a conservation ethic in students, educators and families who come here to learn. Casual visitors may enjoy the walking trails, children’s farmyard, inn, restaurant, property tours and special events. To pursue our mission, we practice rural land uses that are environmentally, economically and culturally sustainable."

Shelburne Farms and its Sustainable Schools Project (SSP) support Sustainability Academy teachers through professional development, including curriculum support, the examination of standards through the lens of sustainability, bringing in speakers, and in-service and early release training.  In addition, Shelburne Farms supports teachers in the classroom, and offers the Farm as a rich learning environment for students.
Community Partners

     Seventh Generation:  Seventh Generation's mission is "to inspire a revolution that nurtures the health of the next seven generations."  Seventh Generation has supported the Sustainability Academy by providing funding for solar panels, creating a video that features the SA, offering green cleaning supplies for the school, and supporting us with great volunteers. We appreciate their willingness to fund the registration for a staff member to attend the upcoming American Community Garden Association (ACGA) Conference in Hartford CT.​

City Market Onion River Co-op: The Co-op works to support its Global Ends [mission] by implementing a variety of community outreach projects. Our goal is to provide low-income consumers with access to progressive, social, and healthful choices through education and outreach and to specifically reduce childhood hunger in Burlington.  City Market has supported the Sustainability Academy by sponsoring our annual Harvest Run for Sustainability, providing a gift card to our 4th and 5th grade baking team to make items to sell at their student run farmers' market, connecting us with volunteers through their Member Worker Program, and through a 2016 Seedling Grant to support our garden, nutrition and food projects. ​

 The Intervale Center:  "For 23 years, the Intervale Center has been dedicated to preserving agricultural resources in Vermont. We help farmers bring their products to market, build and sustain their businesses, and maintain Vermont’s working landscape; we promote land use that protects Vermont’s water quality; we sustain Burlington’s treasured Intervale; and we share our innovative work and knowledge with communities around the world."  The Intervale Center partners with K-5 students as they learn about land, food cycles and production, harvesting, and farming.  Students use crops from the Intervale in school activities and foods from the Intervale are often found at our student run farmers' market and at our Community Dinners. 

   Vermont Community Garden Network (VCGN): The core mission of VCGN is "to increase public access to community gardening resources; to develop outreach, education, and service-learning programs to cultivate and sustain community-based gardens; to ensure that underserved groups have equal opportunities for community, school, and neighborhood gardening; and to cultivate political support for community-based gardening through networking, advocacy, and activism."  VCGN has been instrumental in helping getting the SA gardens off the ground and providing valuable information about gardening over the years. We look forward to joining them at the upcoming American Community Garden Association (ACGA) Conference in Hartford CT.

​Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD):  The mission of CSWD to reduce and manage the solid waste generated within Chittenden County in an environmentally sound, efficient, effective and economical manner. Their vision is for our community to fully participate in minimizing disposal and maximizing reuse and recycling. ​ ​We have partnered with CSWD on a variety of projects to highlight the importance of conserving our natural resources. Our current projects include: recycling filmy plastic which is donated to the Trex Company; recycling batteries and cell phones; reducing wasted food by using a sharing table; reducing waste in our cafeteria by using washable trays, bowls, and metal utensils.  We competed against other schools in Chittenden County in CSWD's Recycle Rally and...earned the first place trophy!
The Community Sailing Center:  The mission of the Community Sailing Center is "to encourage and celebrate the responsible use and long term stewardship of Lake Champlain by fostering educational and recreational opportunities for all members of our community."   The Sailing Center helps support the fourth and fifth grade Lake unit, by increasing learning about Lake Champlain, geology, and use of land.  The Sailing Center also teaches students how to sail.

Bike Recycle Vermont & Old Spokes Home

are two bike shops working together to serve our community. Their mission is to create access to bikes and the opportunities they provide for our whole community. Their vision includes working towards a future when every person can achieve health, mobility, and economic stability and when every person benefits from and contributes to a vital and livable community. Our partnership has yielded many positive results, including our on-site bike fleet of 21 bicycles; bike tune-up lessons for our students and staff; support for our family bike trains which roll Friday mornings in the fall and spring; and co-hosting bike give-away events.

Very Merry Theatre (VMT): At VMT, we are fostering literary and theater skills, self-confidence, and pride through the work and play that goes into creating theater. ​The VMT is a dynamic organization that provides children from the ages of five to eighteen with the opportunity to produce and perform original plays through their schools. While we started out working with just one Burlington school, we have expanded our network to elementary and middle schools all over Northwestern Vermont. Students of all levels of experience are encouraged to participate in any way they choose, which can include acting, set design, or helping with makeup and costumes.​ VMT works with our students each spring to help infuse theatre into our learning experience. This year's performance of Peter Pan will be on April 14th and 15th.

Champlain College:  Champlain College "endeavors to be a leader in educating today's students to become skilled practitioners, effective professionals and engaged global citizens."  Champlain College supports the Sustainability Academy through its elementary education program, which brings in interns who work with classroom teachers to support student learning. In addition, Champlain College has pledged to offer a scholarship program in the year 2018 that will be available to students who spend at least four years in Burlington's magnet schools.

The University of Vermont (UVM): The University of Vermont's mission is "to create, evaluate, share, and apply knowledge and to prepare students to be accountable leaders who will bring to their work dedication to the global community, a grasp of complexity, effective problem-solving and communication skills, and an enduring commitment to learning and ethical conduct. UVM supports the Sustainability Academy through its elementary education program, which brings in interns who work with classroom teachers to support student learning. One annual highlight of our partnership is the Kindergartners Go to College for the Day event each spring. This year we are grateful for our connections with the Food Systems and Nutrition interns who support our health and wellness programs.


St. Michael's College: St. Michael's College takes social justice seriously: "Our passion for social justice means we don't just talk about improving the world. We have a history of it. Part of the Edmundite legacy is the vital role they played in the Civil Rights movement in the South. We embody that spirit with nearly 70 percent of our students volunteering through our MOVE (Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts) Office. Our Peace and Justice program of study brings issues into the classroom, and the Edmundite Center for Peace and Justice connects the campus community to peace and justice concerns and resources."
    Vermont Commons School: The Sustainability Academy has been collaborating with Vermont Commons School since 2009.  The two schools share a similar mission of Education for Sustainability and commitment to connecting learning to place and to service.  Students from the Vermont Commons School visit the SA to work with our students on special projects.   

​Burlington Legacy Project:
"One of Legacy’s key missions is to provide “quality education for all.”  Legacy is committed to improving not only our schools but also increasing youth opportunities that provide for lifelong learning. This vision is being realized through the work and diligence of many key institutions, projects and initiatives."


Local Motion: Local Motion’s mission is to promote people-powered transportation and recreation for healthy and sustainable Vermont communities. Through a grant from the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), Local Motion and SA have started the “Bike for Life” initiative. The project will build bicycling into everyday life through intensive bike skills training for kids, workshops and resources for parents, technical assistance with curriculum development at the school, and the creation of a neighborhood bike club. The project includes borrowing the Kohl's Bike Trailer for 2 weeks each spring as part of our Physical Education (PE) program. Through a Mercy Peace grant from St. Michael's College, in collaboration with Bike Recycle Vermont and Old Spokes Home, we were able to purchase our own fleet of reconditioned bicycles that the students use for PE classes, field trips, recess, and in the after school program.


Everybody Wins:

By creating mentoring relationships that foster a love of reading and language, Everybody Wins! Vermont increases children’s prospects for success and engages a diverse range of volunteers in their community schools.