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The Door Campaign introduces students and communities to new fields, experiences, and resources. Opening doors creates new pathways to sustainability for communities and new opportunities for long-term employment for students affected by generational poverty.

Since its founding in 2013, The Door Campaign has focused its efforts on aquaponics, a growing field that marries farm-raising fish (aquaculture) with growing plants outside of soil (hydroponics).

Current projects include an educational curriculum promoting science, technology, education, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) learning; small-scale aquaponics tanks in Pittsburgh neighborhoods; and plans for larger-scale aquaponics facilities in unused city swimming pools.

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Since 2014, the Door Campaign has offered middle and high school students hands-on exposure to aquaponics, the emerging science of growing plants and fish together. Aquaponics introduces students to fields such as biology, ecology, chemistry, and sustainability, opening possible avenues for future employment. Through sharing its classroom-ready STEAM-focused curriculum with educators, The Door Campaign has broadened its reach to partner schools across the city.

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Partnering with The Aquaponics Project, The Door Campaign has placed small-scale aquaponics tanks across Pittsburgh. The tanks introduce aquaponics to the community and raise awareness of the benefits of growing food locally. The Door Campaign has also partnered with local restaurants to host events featuring appetizers and drinks made with basil grown aquaponically.

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The Door Campaign is partnering with the City of Pittsburgh and designers to create large-scale aquaponics tanks in unused city pools. The tanks will foster community relationships and forge partnerships with restaurants that will purchase farm-raised fish and plants, providing sustained revenue. Students will take an active role in planning the facilities and in maintaining the aquaponics tanks.