AWTY International School
Where: Houston, TX
Dedication Date: September 1, 2019
Donation Type: Aquaponics farm, hydroponics farm, solar array
Size: 14.8 kW
Claim to Fame: Carbon-neutral shipping container farms provide food to cafeteria and hands-on education for students
AWTY International School encourages the pursuit of excellence while maximizing the potential in all students as they grow to become responsible world citizens. Part of becoming a responsible world citizen is using natural resources responsibly. AWTY has a robust recycling program, composts on-site, collects rainwater from HVAC units and is working toward becoming a zero-waste school.
A $135,000 donation from Sun Club will support the efforts of the school to raise responsible world citizens by demonstrating where food comes from and how it is grown. Two shipping containers will be built at the school, each housing a farm. One will be an aquaponics farm, utilizing the symbiotic relationship between fish and plants. The second is a hydroponic farm, which uses 85% less water than traditional growing methods. These shipping container farms will be off the grid and carbon-neutral. A 14.4 kW solar array will power the lighting, irrigation and data collection needs of the farms.