Uwharrie Charter Academy students will come to understand how their individual decisions affect the environment at local and global levels, becoming responsible citizens of a changing world who benefit from knowledge about dynamic environmental issues. UCA will use the NC Environmental Education Plan as a platform for developing students' environmental awareness and appreciation for how their everyday lives affect the fine balance of nature. Sustainable practices are promoted, first, by evaluating students' environmental footprints, encouraging them to examine existing living practices, and comparing and contrasting sustainable living to current living practices. Then, at the building level, students are encouraged to recycle, to compost, and to use energy efficiently. Outside of the building, students are expected to be involved in other initiatives that support our school's commitment to sustainable environmental practices such as organic gardening, community outreach and awareness programs, lectures and discussions, and community service.