Green Schools is an international environmental education programme, offering a well-defined, controllable way for schools to take environmental issues from the curriculum and apply them to the day-to-day running of their school. The Green-Schools programme is run by FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education), and is known internationally as “Eco-Schools”.
Green-Schools are now represented in over 53 countries from all over the world. Green-Schools is holistic. It aims to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of a school. This should include the students, teachers, non-teaching staff and parents, local authority, the media and local business. Green-Schools endeavours to extend learning beyond the classroom and develop responsible attitudes and commitment, both at home and in the wider community.
Green-Schools is both a programme and an award scheme. Any school using the guidelines can adapt the programme to their needs. While the Green Flag award will be given to schools that complete all the essential elements of the Green-Schools programme, it should be remembered that the programme is flexible, and that different schools will find different routes to achieving Green-Schools status. The Green Flag award is now established as a well respected and recognised eco-label.
Green-Schools is a long-term programme and takes the form of a Green Flag hat can be flown outside school or displayed in the foyer. However, it is important to remember that the programme is one of continual reduction of the schools environmental impact. Therefore, the award requires renewal every two years.
Examines the impact of litter and waste on the environment and explores practical means for reducing and minimising the amount of litter and waste produced by the school.
Suggests ways in which all members of the school can work together to increase awareness of energy issues and to improve energy efficiency within the school.
Provides an introduction to the importance of water both locally and globally and raises awareness of how simple actions can substantially cut down water use.
Suggests ways for pupils, staff and local government to work together to raise awareness of transport issues and come up with practical solutions that will make a real difference to pupils’ everyday lives.
Examines the flora and fauna present in the school environment and suggests ways to increase the levels of biodiversity around the school and raises the pupils awareness of biodiversity and nature.
6. Global Citizenship
Examines what our rights and responsibilities are on a National, European and Global scale and encourages staff, students and parents to look at the impacts our consumptions habits have on other parts of the world.