When creating an Action Plan, Eco-Committees choose three topics to work on. Eco-Committees select the three topics they would like to work on from the Ten Eco-Schools topics below. Further information, project ideas, examples and useful links for each of the ten topics can be found on individual topic pages by clicking the relevant school pathway in our menu bar above.
- Biodiversity: Habitats & Homes, examines life present on schools grounds, suggests protections to increase biodiversity and educates students about the natural world an our place in it.
- Energy & Climate: Super Smart Power, reducing energy use and investigating greener energy sources.
- Fair Go: Global Citizens for Social Justice, ways in which schools can consider their purchasing policies and work with local and global communities
- Lifestyles: Healthy and Active, improving mental and physical well-being.
- Waste: The Cycle of Stuff, refusing, reusing, repairing and recycling!
- Litter and Waterways, taking action to reduce litter in your local area and beyond. We all live in a catchment!
- Water: Drink, Think and Save the Sink, protecting our most important natural resource: freshwater.
Several of our topics are broad and have a natural overlap, for example if an Eco-Committee decided to plant a sensory garden, this action could be used for several different topics: Biodiversity (as flowering plants appeal to bees); Healthy Living (as spending time in nature is linked to good mental health). If you made it a bush tucker garden with the guidance of local Aboriginal Elders, you would also be linking to Fair Go! In this case it is entirely up to an Eco-Committee which topic they link their planting to. We would never say to an Eco-Committee that they have linked an action or project to the wrong topic!
We also welcome actions linked to other organisations, such as Frog ID Week, the Aussie Backyard Bird Count and countless others to be used as evidence in Eco-Schools Green Flag applications. Uniquely, this enables Eco-Coordinators to collate all the amazing work their school does in one overarching management system.