Have you heard of the Eco-Schools award? This article talks about why it was created, the importance of it and how schools can get involved.

In 1992, as a result of the UN conferences on environment and development, people at the conference felt that the only way forward in protecting the plant was to engage the youth of today. Since 1994, Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) have run the Eco-Schools programme globally to carry out the UN's wishes.

The Importance of Eco-Schools

By helping educate our younger generation through this programme, children will show their friends, family and others within their community, what they should do to help their plant. It has been reported that collectively all Eco-Schools within England have reduced wheelie bins of rubbish by 248, and each year save enough water to fill 901,000 reusable water bottles.

Award Levels

This programme has three awards, which are bronze, silver, and green flag. These awards have steps that your school have to complete and maintain in order to try for the next level. There are seven steps, which are:

  • Eco Committee
  • Environmental Review
  • Action Plan
  • Curriculum Links
  • Informing and Involving
  • Monitoring and Evaluate
  • Eco-Code

To find out more about these steps and topics then click below for:

To receive the bronze award, the first three steps have to be completed of the Eco-Schools frame work. To receive the silver award, three topics will have to be chosen and steps four and five will then have to be implemented.

To apply for the green flag, all seven steps have had to have been implemented, and three topics focus upon. Renew every two year, but change two of the five topics when continuing, so that eventually all ten topics will have been covered.

Getting Started

If you are interested in finding out about becoming an Eco-School, then speak to a national operator linked to your country, by clicking here.