Sandy Kurtz has long been involved in environmental education and environmental issues at local, state, and Federal levels. She was one of the founders of the Tennessee Environmental Education Association in 1974, and went on to establish the first educational programs at the Chattanooga Nature Center and at the TVA Energy Center Museum.
As an environmental education consultant she established the Chattanooga Sustainable Lifestyle Campaign endorsed by the President's Council for Sustainable Development. During the Campaign, 45 EcoTeams were created empowering citizens to establish habits for more sustainable living in their homes and neighborhoods. She has worked at the grassroots level as Tennessee field representative for National Environmental Trust and Clear the Air to support Federal legislation for clean air issues and slowing of global warming.
She is co-chair of the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance, a citizens advocacy group, and is also a member of Environmental City Task Force and Chattanooga Environmental Education Alliance. She sits on the boards of Tennessee Environmental Council, Tennessee Clean Water Network, and TVA Green Power Steering Committee.
In 2002, she was presented with the Tennessee Environmental Education Association Distinguished Service Award for her service to environmental education.