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Sarah Ippel

Founder & Executive Chairman, Academy for Global Citizenship; BHSI Fellow
At the age of 23, Ippel rode her bike to the Board of Education with a request to re-imagine what is possible in public education. Three years later, she opened AGC, a Chicago Public Charter School in the city’s underserved southwest community that fosters students to become mindful, civically engaged leaders by examining their role in both their local communities and across world. With a larger goal of creating a replicable educational model that will lead to broader systemic change, Ippel is also constructing the first net-positive energy campus in Illinois, which will produce more energy than it consumes by incorporating several acres of restorative urban agriculture and food production that include a native tree forest, vegetable gardens, orchards and greenhouses.