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Academy for Global Citizenship's Groundbreaking Facility Achieves Prestigious Phius Certification, Setting a Global Benchmark

Chicago, IL – The Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC), a pioneer in innovative education and sustainability, proudly announces that its cutting-edge new facility has been awarded the prestigious Phius (Passive House Institute US) Certification. This recognition solidifies AGC's commitment to environmental stewardship and positions it as a global leader in sustainable education. AGC is now the largest school in the world to receive this esteemed designation.

The Phius Certification signifies AGC's dedication to creating an environment that prioritizes energy efficiency, occupant comfort, and environmental responsibility. Achieving this certification required adherence to rigorous standards, including strict energy performance criteria and the implementation of passive design strategies to minimize energy consumption.

"We are thrilled to receive Phius Certification for our new facility," said Sarah Elizabeth Ippel, Founder and CEO of AGC. "This achievement underscores our mission to cultivate global citizens who are equipped to address the complex challenges of the 21st century while stewarding our planet's resources responsibly."

AGC’s state-of-the-art facility features innovative design elements such as high-performance building envelopes, advanced mechanical systems, and renewable energy sources. These elements work synergistically to reduce energy demand, enhance indoor air quality, and foster a conducive learning environment for students and educators alike.

AGC's commitment to sustainability extends beyond its physical infrastructure; it is deeply ingrained in its curriculum and operational practices. Through experiential learning opportunities and hands-on projects, students are empowered to become change-makers who champion environmental sustainability both locally and globally.

Among K-12 schools, AGC's facility is the largest in the world, the first in the Midwest, and the first in the State of Illinois to achieve this certification. Additionally, among commercial buildings exclusive of housing, this facility is the first Phius 2021 certified building in the Midwest.

Receiving the Phius Certification underscores AGC's position as a trailblazer in sustainable education and sets a new standard for educational institutions worldwide. AGC remains steadfast in its dedication to fostering a more equitable, sustainable, and thriving world for future generations.

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