Carolina International School, Concord, NC
NC Green School of Promise, 2014-15.
Part of the mission of Carolina International School is to “develop resourceful and responsible citizens and leaders of our local and global communities". The original campus was on 30 wooded acres with an access point to Reedy Creek, which was used by all grade levels.
In 2014, CIS moved to an 83 acre permanent facility. The building design included green components such as building orientation, low flow water fixtures, low VOC paint and adhesives, recycled content in carpet and flooring, concrete floors in common areas, daylight lighting and light sensors in common areas. The cleaning staff uses low VOC cleaners and green practices.
CIS has added a class for all K-5th graders in Environmental Studies. It continues a class for 6th graders as well. All grade levels have environmental projects for which they are responsible. The middle and high students are responsible for the general upkeep of the landscaping and participating in new projects. The Fifth Grade Green Team is totally responsible for the school-wide recycling program. The Fourth Graders have just installed a bird feeding/housing area in the courtyard which they are responsible for maintaining. The Third Grade runs the composting at the school. Kindergarten, First and Second Grades have gardens to tend. There has been a platform and gazebo built at one of the 3 ponds on campus, which will allow student access for water quality testing. There currently are three outdoor classroom spaces with plans for additional ones.
CIS participates yearly in NC Big Sweep and is one of the best attended clean up in the county. CIS has a school-wide Earth Day celebration week each school year. There are presenters from community organizations that come teach the students, as well as teacher-led lessons. This year, Earth Day was extended to include an evening event to include parents, and additional community organizations. There was a uniform swap and non-powered toy swap as part of the event. Weekly, there is a Zero Waste Lunch competition among the classes.