Net-Zero Hero: Chris Brooks

Chris Brooks

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 Meet Chris Brooks, Environmental Science teacher at Clint Small Middle School. Chris has been teaching at Small for 16 years, and has been involved in shaping the school’s Green Tech Academy curriculum. Small is one of the first Austin-area schools to implement green programs in the classroom, beginning with waste audits in the early 2000s. Now, the school has an abundance of sustainable features — including rain gardens, vegetable gardens, rainwater catchment cisterns, a large greenhouse, an outdoor classroom, composting, and more. They also raise chickens, ducks, goats, and sheep at the school campus. Chris is helping his students learn how to build and design these various systems, and explore the ways in which they are connected. The aim is to give kids the hands-on experience needed to cultivate a greener world.

 

We spoke with Chris about his commitment to Net-Zero, what his toughest challenges have been, and what advice he has for others looking to live Net-Zero. Read more below.

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