Eco-Schools - an international award programme – provides a simple framework through which sustainability can become a core part of the way a school operates. Following a seven-step process, schools tackle various environmental themes from litter and waste to healthy living and biodiversity. Pupils are a driving force behind Eco-Schools; they form and lead eco-committees, help carry out environmental-performance audits of their schools and influence the environmental themes to be tackled and how this is done.
Schools work towards gaining one of three internationally recognised awards, the ultimate being a 'green flag' award for excellence in the field of green activity. There are currently 50 green flag holders in Surrey.
Benefits for schools in taking part can include:
- making environmental issues a part of school life
- helping young people develop their decision-making skills
- getting access to curriculum materials and ideas for projects and events
- accessing a network of support agencies
- linking with other schools in the UK and Europe
- receiving a prestigious award
- the opportunities for local and national publicity
- and the potential for financial savings
If your school is interested in becoming more sustainable, there are resources and sources of funding available.