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.
Video - Your Eco-Committee
Watch this video to find out more about starting your Eco-Committee.
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.
Isobel Mair School - Eco-Schools Social Story
A social story to talk to pupils about Eco-Schools and how an Eco-Committee works. Originally created by staff at Isobel Mair School and shared here with their kind permission.
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.
Your Eco-Schools Noticeboard
The Eco-Committee is responsible for sharing news about your school's Eco-Schools work with the whole school and wider community and one of the ways they will do that is through an Eco-Schools Noticeboard. This should be in a central location, visible to everyone in the school. You could also have a noticeboard in your community for example in a shop, a church or community hall.
Your noticeboard should include:
- Details of who is on your Eco-Committee so that non-members can contribute ideas.
- A copy of meeting notes or minutes.
- A copy of your Eco-Schools Action Plan.
- Details of current projects and how to get involved.
- Examples of Measuring
- Your most recent Green Flag Award certificate.
- A copy of your Eco-Code
You might also like to include:
- Press clippings.
- Photographs of pupils engaged in Eco-Schools activities.
- Schedules or job rotas.
- Award certificates for related programmes like Rag Bag collections, Mary's Meals etc.
Below are some good examples for inspiration.
A good example with photos of the Eco-Committee engaged in projects, examples of junk modelling artwork and descriptions of current projects.
It is easy to tell who is on the Eco-Committee at East Craigs Primary School. You can also see the Eco-Code, some newsletters and current projects.
Eco-Code and information for parents posted on the noticeboard at Kirkliston Nursery
A very detailed noticeboard with space for each topic, the school's Action Plan and examples of Measuring.
Eco Jobs rota, various award certificates and photos of current projects on the noticeboard at St Kevin's Primary School.
Another good way to let your community know about your Eco-Schools activities is an outside noticeboard. This one at Towerbank Primary School shows the school's Eco-Code and various ways to support their work.
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
Case Study - Bishopton Primary School
Pupils at Bishopton Primary School in Renfrewshire told us all about how they organise their Eco-Committee as part of their first Green Flag application in November 2017. Read more.