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Center for Sustainable Systems
(802) 5223586
PO Box 1345
Montpelier, VT 05601

The Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS) is a new organization that grew out of the award-winning greenhouse and gardening program at Montpelier High School. The mission of CSS is to bring relevance and rigor to secondary school education using the food system and sustainability as a cross-cutting theme enabling deeper integration of the core curriculum. The CSS works with Middle, and High School teachers to create experiential, food-based lessons and units. On-campus gardens produce food for the school cafeteria and are maintained by a summer program that provides students academic credit and stipends for their work. The CSS strengthens Vermont's food system by creating future farmers and future (educated) consumers.


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Tom Sabo
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Tom Sabo is a science teacher and sustainability educator at Montpelier High School and the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS). Tom manages two greenhouses and numerous gardens at MHS that are used extensively across the school's curriculum and provide food for the cafeteria. Through the CSS, Tom offers professional development classes and workshops to help teachers design relevant and rigorous food systems curricula.