The first step in your Green Flag journey is to form your Eco-Committee. The Eco-Committee takes responsibility for Eco-Schools projects and will ensure the whole school is involved.
Eco-Committee Participation Certificate
A nice way to recognise the contribution of pupils, staff, parents or members of the community to your Eco-Committee. This template certificate is a Publisher document with editable text fields which can be filled out and then printed. Download the Eco-Committee Certificate
As part of your Green Flag application, we will ask you to tell us how you have formed your Eco-Committee and who your members are.
Eco-Schools is a pupil-led programme so your Eco-Committee must include pupils. It can also include teachers, support staff, parents and carers, a member of the school’s Senior Management Team and local contacts. Your Eco-Committee can take many forms. We will ask you to let us know how your Eco-Committee works in your school's context when you submit evidence for your Green Flag Assessment.
Your Eco-Committee has an important role in engaging with whole school and your local community to involve them in your Eco-Schools work. To keep the whole school community up to date with your Eco-Schools work, your Eco-Committee will need to set up a specially designated Eco-Schools noticeboard which occupies a prominent position in the school and displays things like your Eco-Code.
Your Eco-Committee should:
- Meet regularly (at least once every half term).
- Keep records of meetings.
- Carry out the Environmental Review.
- Update the Action Plan.
- Take responsibility for Measuring projects.
- Create an Eco-Code.
- Promote your work with the whole school and wider community.
- Keep your Eco-Schools noticeboard up to date.
Case Study - Gateside Primary School
An Eco-Committee can take many forms and there are many ways to encourage pupils to join, depending on your school’s context. In this example, pupils at Gateside Primary School in North Ayrshire form their Eco-Committee with elections where interested pupils write a manifesto detailing why they should be chosen. Read more