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Any type of school can join Eco-Schools. This includes pre-schools, primary schools, high schools, colleges, special schools, from any sector- government, denominational, private or homeschool!
Eco-Schools is run by Keep Australia Beautiful , a small NFP. This payment covers the cost of: Green Flag desk assessment; a school’s Green Flag and certificate (including P&P); and program administration costs. In essence this payment means the Eco-Schools program can continue operating across Australia: recognising the fantastic environmental actions of young people throughout the country and helping the Eco-Schools team engage new schools in environmental action and education.
Schools are eligible to apply for an Eco-Schools Green Flag when they have addressed at least three of our seven Themes with the seven Step process. That is, each Theme covered must have documented evidence in each of the seven Steps.
How quickly your school achieves Green Flag accreditation is up to your Eco-Committee. It may be feasible for your school to cover three Themes within one school year, but if it’s not, don’t let this discourage you!
If your school can only tackle one Theme in a school year, you can still submit an application and be eligible for an Eco-Schools Bronze award. If you keep this theme up the next year, and add a second Theme, at the end of that year you can submit an application for an Eco-School Silver Award. Keep both of these Themes up, and adding a third the next year will make your school eligible for an Eco-Schools Green Flag!