Eco-Schools is a flexible and adaptable program, therefore the Award Criteria should be adapted as necessary for each establishment’s individual context. The Award Criteria are based on the Seven Steps as each Green Flag Application is required to demonstrate aspects of each element. You can download the Green Flag Criteria to assist your school along the way. We recommend checking out this document at the start of your journey.
To apply for an Eco-Schools Green Flag, you will first have to log on to your Eco-Schools account by clicking ‘Login’ at the top of this website. Once on your school’s account, you will be able to view all of the compulsory questions that need to be completed over the course of the academic year to allow your Eco-Committee to apply for their Eco-Schools Green Flag. You can answer the questions (and find resources to help) by clicking on each of the green Seven Step sections on your screen.
In order to apply for an Eco-Schools Green Flag you must have answered all of the compulsory Seven Step questions. To help you understand how much work you should put into each Step, you may think of the Green Flag being worth 100 points, the Seven Step sections are worth a different amount of points – this is based on how much work you and your Eco-Committee have to do to meet the international Eco-Schools criteria and ‘complete’ this step.
- Step 1 Eco-Committee: 15 points
- Step 2 Environmental Review: 15 points
- Step 3 Action Plan: 15 points
- Step 4 Curriculum Links: 10 points
- Step 5 Informing and Involving: 15 points
- Step 6 Monitoring and Evaluation: 25 points
- Step 7 Eco-Code: 5 points
You and your Eco-Committee can start completing the Eco-Schools Green Flag application whenever you like, and continue to answer questions when you have completed each of the criteria. You do not have to answer all of the questions on each step card before progressing to the next – you are able to answer any question, from any of the cards, in any order. For instance, your Eco-Committee may have completed the criteria for Step 7 (Eco-Code) and feel ready to answer these questions before Step 4 (Curriculum Links). This is no problem, simply answer the Step 7 questions first!