At Evergreen Community Charter School, we believe that providing a strong connection with the natural world is essential to the development of heart, mind, and body of our students.  Because of our commitment to Environmental Education across the curriculum, we provide opportunities for all of our students to demonstrate an understanding of ecology and environmental stewardship. Visit our Environmental Education Blog.

Evergreen is one of two schools in North Carolina and one of 78 schools nationwide to receive the inaugural U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools Award, which recognizes the highest performing green schools in the nation. Our comprehensive approach incorporates and integrates environmental learning while maximizing positive environmental and health impacts. The three pillars of environmental stewardship are:  Environmental and Sustainability Education, Health and Wellness, and Environmental Impact.  

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Environmental and Sustainability Education

Goals for achieving effective environmental and sustainability education:

  • Interdisciplinary learning about the key relationships between dynamic environmental, energy and human systems

  • Use of the environment and sustainability to develop STEM content knowledge and thinking skills to prepare graduates for the 21st century technology-driven economy

  • Development of civic engagement knowledge and skills, and students' application of these to address sustainability and environmental issues in their community

Methods for achieving effective environmental and sustainability education:

  • EL Education

    • Integrated

    • Experiential

    • Project-based

    • Critical thinking

  • EE woven throughout curriculum

  • Crosswalk NAAEE guidelines and state standards

  • LEADER program

  • Awareness to Understanding to Action

Health and Wellness

Goals for improving health and wellness:

  • An integrated school environmental health program based on an operations and facility-wide environmental management system that considers student, visitor, and staff health and safety in all practices related to design, construction, renovation, operations, and maintenance of schools and grounds

  • High standards of nutrition, fitness, and quantity of quality outdoor time for both students and staff

Methods for achieving health and wellness:

  • IAQ Purchasing policy

  • Waste free lunches

  • Community garden

  • Vending machines with organic snacks

  • Adventure P.E.

  • Succession of end-of-year adventure trips

  • Exercise breaks

  • Outdoor classrooms

  • EL Trail

  • Abundant outdoor fieldwork

Environmental Impact

Goals for reducing environmental impact and costs:

  • Reduced or eliminated greenhouse gas emissions, using an energy audit or emissions inventory and reduction plan, cost-effective energy efficiency improvements, conservation measures, and/or on-site renewable energy and/or purchase of green power

  • Improved water quality, efficiency, and conservation

  • Reduced solid and hazardous waste production through increased recycling, reduced consumption, and improved management, reduction, or elimination of hazardous waste

  • Expanded use of alternative transportation through active promotion of locally-available, energy-efficient options and implementation of alternative transportation supportive projects and policies

Methods for decreasing environmental impact:

  • Straw bale and cob playhouse

  • Bathroom remodeling

  • Window replacement project

  • Photovoltaic panels

  • Lighting replacement

  • Energy audit

  • Biodiesel busses

  • Woods Play policy

  • Green Team

  • Master plan