The ASFC community prides itself in being environmentally conscious, which is one of our pillars and incorporated in all our teaching and activities.
Our Green team brings together a group of parents and staff members who work to develop a range of activities which benefit the environment and our wider community. They help promote consciousness of our environmental impact and carbon footprint and campaign to encourage families to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Some of the regular projects that our Green team works on are:
Every week on Tuesdays our team collects plastic and electronics which then get recycled as a way to repurpose their use, as well as donating it to the local charities to raise funds for low income cancer patients.
The ASFC community does not allow styrofoam to be used on campus for any event, activity or gathering, encouraging the use of reusable utensils.
Our Sky Garden is a hydroponic urban garden that covers 900 m² high in the sky! This project is an academic-social space that supports school activities and fosters healthy and sustainable values, attitudes and practices.
From the first planting, it has generated a lot of emotion and interest in the students. They have seen vegetables grow and have been excited to try them «freshly cut.»
American School strives to provide experiential learning at all levels and what better way for students to be involved than having our own vegetables grown on site! Its existence is meant to inspire students to think of alternative solutions to problems, just like the double purpose of its structure which serves both for shade and harvesting. Overall, it is an educational laboratory for sustainable learning from the use of hydroponic and solutions, a reduction in carbon footprint when selling produce in-house within the community, as well as notions of sustainable business cycles when analyzing production, sale, marketing, and all procedural requirements to ensure its long term viability.
With the help of experts, our learners can experience first hand the joy of growing and looking after their own vegetables. We use this space for sustainability projects such as
Creating composting, analyzing resources used and costs involved, sharing harvest with the community and for our high school students this is a way to develop their entrepreneurial skills through a weekly sale of fresh products.
All of these actions inspire students and keep them motivated. The Sky Garden has given the American School the opportunity to have a dynamic tool for continuous learning.
The growing method used in our Sky Garden is an example of the future of agriculture: it rationally uses fertilizers to nourish its crops in an automated hydroponic system, but it does not use pesticides. It recycles its irrigation water and its nutrients (probably the only project currently doing it in southern Mexico), saving around 80% of water compared to traditional systems, emits nothing but breathable oxygen into the atmosphere and uses space efficiently. It generates high yields with a very low environmental impact.
Sky Garden is an innovative, sustainable and futuristic project.