C.T. Koontz Intermediate School, Asheville, NC
NC Green School of Quality, 2013-14 & 2014-15
The Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School Environmental Literacy Team (ELT) consists of staff, parents, students and business partners and has diligently collaborated to ensure our school sustains recognition as a 2013-2014 Green School. The staff committee began meeting in 2011 to create our Shared Purpose, “Growing environmental stewards for a sustainable future.” The group also established our vision for the Koontz ELT which is “To serve as environmental leaders by forging community partnerships and inspiring life-long dedication to sustainability.” Throughout our initial meetings we decided upon some core fundamental beliefs that would guide our endeavors:
- We respect ecological awareness by treading lightly, being a good steward of the environment, and respecting all environments and living things.
- We believe in the total community working together, encouraging parents, students, teachers, and the public to become involved.
- We model honesty and compassion by “doing the right things even when no one is watching," helping each other, and creating and fostering a culture of compassion.