The Lexicon of Sustainability’s PROJECT LOCALIZE food literacy initiative shows teachers and students how to identify and promote sustainable economic, cultural and social progress in their communities.

LOCALIZE: AMES, IOWA was led by one motivated teacher and his 11th grade class. The students mapped their local food system, interviewed producers, farmers, processors and key stakeholders at the local level, then created artworks illustrating what sustainability looks like in Iowa.

In October 2013 the Lexicon brought these students’ artworks to Washington DC. Weinvited members of Congress and educational leaders to visit the public debut of this information art project.


The Lexicon of Sustainability is now looking for exemplary teachers and schools to participate in PROJECT LOCALIZE.

Selected schools will receive a Lexicon of Sustainability curriculum, taxonomy, video tutorials for creating information artworks, a regional food mapping system blueprint, a public event planner and the chance to win the Lexicon of Sustainability Excellence in Education prize in 2014.

By reaching students from a variety of agriculturally diverse communities—urban and rural— together we can spread these positive concepts across America, creating a new generation of sustainability literate citizens who will become our future leaders.

Nominate your teacher today!

PROJECT LOCALIZE is focused on helping teachers and students spread important knowledge to communities around the globe in a creative way.
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Students from Ames High School producing information
artworks for the forthcoming LOCALIZE: AMES project.



site by Lyra Designs

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