Students from the Lower School "Green Team" partnered with Aveda to collect and recycle thousands of bottle caps, which are sent to a recycling facility in New York.

At Charlotte Country Day School, we are committed to fulfilling our mission to "empower our students to address social, environmental, and global issues." We provide educational experiences designed to motivate students to participate in and initiate sustainable practices. Our goal is to create an environmentally literate and responsible community of students, faculty, staff, and families.

We are committed to promoting sustainable practices in the following areas:

  • Curriculum development
  • Resource use and recycling
  • Energy use and efficiency
  • Building construction and operation
  • Land management
  • Food and Custodial Services


  • Broaden recycling program to encompass all-school events including athletics.
  • Reduce paper and energy consumption in classrooms and administrative offices on both Cannon and Bissell campuses.

Contact Information

For additional information, please contact Environmental Stewardship Committee Chair Chris Gawle.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Joined the Green Schools Alliance as a charter member school, the first school in the North Carolina area.
  • Participated in the Green Schools Alliance “Green Cup Challenge” and lowered electrical consumption by 1%.
  • Participated in Turn Off the Lights Week and Light Bulb Giveaway Weeks.
  • Established an Environmental Stewardship Committee representing academics, operations, and administration.
  • Created a student-directed paper, can, and bottle recycling program in grades JK–12.
  • Formed student-led Environmental Clubs in Lower, Middle, and Upper School.
  • Hosted notable environmental speakers such as filmmaker and environmental activist Jeff Barrie; National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore; and author Daniel Quinn.
  • Initiated international service learning projects with an environmental focus in Costa Rica and Mexico.