Sarah Elizabeth Ippel‘s life mission is education reform. She is the founder and executive director of the Academy for Global Citizenship, a Chicago public elementary school that opened in 2008 on the city’s underserved Southwest side. AGC’s mission is to empower children to become active global citizens by positively impacting their community and beyond.
The academy was founded with an ardent commitment to environmental sustainability and is internationally recognized for its model green school initiatives which include daily organic breakfast and lunch, a 5 kW solar learning laboratory, schoolyard habitat and vegetable garden, rain barrels, composting, yoga, nutrition education, faculty wellness program, walking school bus, and more. The most recent addition to the AGC was a green roof chicken coop, housing three rescued hens, located next to the school’s wind turbine.
Throughout Sarah Elizabeth’s career, she has traveled to over 80 different countries across six continents, extensively examining educational philosophies and world languages, as well as creating international alliances that have contributed to the design and culture of the Academy for Global Citizenship.
During her five-year term as vice president of education on the governing board of the United Nations Association, Sarah Elizabeth fostered broader implementation of The Growing Connection, a globally collaborative organic gardening initiative established to cross-culturally connect children and educators.
In 2010, Sarah Elizabeth was recognized with Chicago Magazine’s Green Award and was selected as a United States Delegate to Terra Madre, where she met with representatives from over 60 nations to discuss the sustainability of our local and global food systems. When she is not traveling around the world sharing the Academy for Global Citizenship’s vision for systemic change, Sarah Elizabeth enjoys working on her plans to build a net-positive energy home in Chicago.