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Eco-Schools is the largest global sustainable schools programme.

Eco-Schools

location_on Copenhagen, Denmark
Eco-Schools encourages young people to engage in their environment by allowing them the opportunity to actively protect it. It starts in the classroom, it expands to the school and eventually fosters change in the community at large.
Engaging the youth of today to protect the planet of tomorrow
Overview

HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED 2021

HundrED 2020

HundrED 2019

Sustainability

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Innovation Overview

1 - 18
Age Group
19 000 000
Children/Users
68
Countries
1994
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
4 995
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Updated on September 17th, 2021
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Hands-on, experiential learning through 7 Steps

The Eco-Schools programme is based on a 7-Step methodology, which allows for project-based, experiential learning, focused on positive sustainable actions.

The 7-Step methodology is a series of carefully engineered measures to help schools maximise the success of their Eco-School ambitions. The method involves a wide diversity of individuals from the school community - with students playing a primary role in the process. One of the most important aspects of the Eco-Schools program is the uniqueness of each school's journey. The Seven Steps fits around each school in their individual context, creating a different experience for every school that particpates.  Some key points about the individual steps are below. 

  • Step 1: Forming an Eco Committee. The Eco-Schools Committee is the driving force behind the Eco-Schools process and represents the ideas of the whole school.  
  • 2: Environmental Review. This helps the school to identify its current environmental impact and highlights areas for improvement. 
  • 3: Action Plan. Results from the environmental review are used to design the Action Plan, forming the core of student action.
  • 4: Monitor & Evaluate. This is carried out find out if the targets set by the action plan are being achieved.
  • 5: Curriculum Work. Eco-Schools activities are linked to the curriculum, ensuring Eco-Schools is truly integrated within the school community. 
  • 6: Inform & Involve. This involves getting everyone on board! Actions are not solely confined to the school community but are encouraged to engage community members and parents, for example.
  • 7: Eco Code. Students collaborate to devise a statement that represents the school's commitment to the environment.

The Green Flag

After two years of implementing the programme and establishing a high level of commitment to the Seven Steps, schools can apply for Green Flag status through a process that includes a series of visits and assessments. 

FEE EcoCampus

Tertiary education is also included within the Eco-Schools movement. Driven by students, university faculty staff are encouraged to particpate in the FEE EcoCampus. Established in Russia in 2003, and the first whole institution Green Flag was awarded in Ireland in 2010. Eco-Schools therefore extends from K-12 Education to Further and Higher Education.

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Research

HundrED Academy Review

The innovation involves students project-based, experimental learning which is itself a great approach to learning. Moreover, the objective of the innovation is itself an important one where students from their early grades involve in protecting the planet.

- HundrED Academy Member

I love the fact that each school owns its unique journey all the while enjoying the guidance of the 7 points. Integrating environmental work with curriculum work is also a good idea, as is involving the community, developing a school eco-code and recognizing schools for their hard work.

- HundrED Academy Member
IMPACT & SCALABILITY
The innovation is scalable and has already demonstrated its effectiveness to many countries. The seven step methodology is a series of carefully engineered measures to help schools maximise the success of their Eco-School ambitions. This method involves a wide diversity of individuals from the school community - with students playing a primary role in the process.
Academy review results
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High Impact
Low Scalability
High Impact
High Scalability
Low Impact
Low Scalability
Low Impact
High Scalability
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Milestones

Achievements & Awards

May 2019
1000 views
November 2018
HundrED 2019
September 2018
Selected to the Spotlight on Sustainability
July 2018
Innovation page created on HundrED.org
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Steps

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Reach out to an Eco-Schools National Operator
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01
Form an Eco Committee
The Eco-Schools Committee is the driving force behind the Eco-Schools process and will represent the ideas of the whole school.
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02
Carry out an Environmental Review
Carrying out an environmental review helps the school to identify its current environmental impact and highlights opportunities for improvement
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03
Develop an Action Plan
The Action Plan lies at the centre of the Eco-Schools program, developed as a result of the Environmental Review.
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04
Monitor & Evaluate
Students measure the impact of the action set out in the Action Plan, and use this information to modify their processes
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Link to the Curriculum
Eco-Schools activities are linked to the curriculum ensuring that the action undertaken by students is truly integrated within the school community.
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