Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (BUGS) celebrated the official opening of its hydroponic farm classroom. Representatives from Green Mountain Energy Sun Club and NY Sun Works joined school staff and students for the ribbon-cutting, classroom tour, and sampling of produce grown in the hydroponic classroom. The BUGS hydroponic classroom engages 6-8th graders in hands-on, project-based sustainability science education.
NY Sun Works provided classroom installation, curriculum, professional development, ongoing teacher training for BUGS teachers, and community engagement through special events. The programming focuses on science, sustainability, climate, energy, food justice, and health. Manuela Zamora, NY Sun Works executive director, emphasized the value of a true partnership.
“We are honored to work with Principal Wynette Caesar, Executive Director Susan Tenner, and their team at BUGS to bring 21st-century science and sustainability education into the classroom,” Zamora said. “The hydroponic lab provides students with the opportunity to grow food while learning hands-on about science and climate education as well as nutrition, food justice, and community service.”
The hydroponic classroom was funded by Green Mountain Energy Sun Club, the renewable energy provider’s charitable program. Since 2002, Green Mountain Energy Sun Club has been empowering local communities by donating nearly $11.7 million to 143 nonprofit organizations across the Northeast and Texas.
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