Step 7 Eco-Code

The Eco-Code is the Eco-Committee’s mission statement. It should demonstrate – in a positive, clear and imaginative way – the school’s commitment to improving its environmental performance. It is worth reviewing and updating the Eco-Code every year or two. It is a great way to get people thinking about the work the Eco-Committee is trying to do and why it is trying to do it. The Eco-Committee could create a song, statement, poem, rap, acronym, acrostic, limerick or something even more creative!

Eco-Code Criteria

In order to achieve the international Green Flag Award a school must meet the following criteria.

  • There is an agreement on an environmental statement for the school drawn up by the Eco-Committee.
  • Your Eco-code must reflect the Topic project work which you are working on for your Green Flag.
  • The Eco-Code is displayed on the Eco-Board.
  • The Eco-Code is also displayed around the school – in classrooms, school halls, even the toilets!
  • The Eco-Code is known and understood by the majority of pupils and staff.

Eco-Code Resources

The creation of an Eco-Code is a creative and collaborative process- let your pupils imaginations run wild.

There is no set format for an Eco-Code. Work with pupils, other teachers and the whole school community to decide on a format. Remember, your Eco-Code will be displayed in every classroom and it is something that you want the whole school to feel committed to.

Once you have an Eco-Code, you do not need to stick with it forever. Think about refreshing it with every Green Flag renewal, so more pupils feel they own their Eco-Code.

Eco-Code Checklist

Eco-Code Examples

If your school has a brilliant Eco-Code, let us know!

Lyonsdown School

We are so excited to have our Eco-Code sustainability animation on the Eco-Schools website. This means so much to us because we spent so long creating this video, using animation and editing it, with our students singing in the background. We all hope you enjoy it because we loved making it to help to show people how much we think about looking after the world. As well as being such fun, we hope we may influence the pupils in a school or two to help look after our environment.

Year Six Sustainability Prefect (Eco-Warrior)


Eco-Code FAQs

What makes a good Eco-Code?

What is an Eco-Code?

The Eco-Code is the Eco-Committee’s mission statement. It should demonstrate – in a positive, clear and imaginative way – the school’s commitment to improving its environmental performance. The Eco-Code can be anything you want a song, statement, poem, rap, acronym or something even more creative. Why not combine it with your Global Citizenship topic and think of an Eco-Code in another language?

How often do we need to change the Eco-Code?

We recommend you update your Eco-Code every two years. This is because the Eco-Code should reflect the topics your school is working on and there should be slight changes to these topics every two years.

How do we inform the school about the Eco-Code?

Your Eco-Code should be displayed on the Eco-Board, to inform the whole school about it we recommend having it in different classrooms, halls and maybe even in bathrooms!

Who needs to know the Eco-Code?

The majority of the children in your school should know the Eco-Code. When you have your assessment visit the assessor may ask children not on the Eco-Committee what your school’s Eco-Code is. It is also recommended that you share your school’s Eco-Code with the wider community.

Where should we display our Eco-Code?

Your Eco-Code should be displayed on your Eco-Board as well as being displayed in various places around the school such as classrooms, hallways and even toilets – be creative.

What evidence do we need to provide for the Eco-Code step?

When an assessor visits they may ask various children what your school’s Eco-Code is. When you upload a photograph of your Eco-Board (in the final stages of your Green Flag application) your Eco-Code should be prominently displayed.

Why is it the last step?

The Eco-Code is the final step, as it should reflect the work your Eco-Committee has carried out to achieve Green Flag status – its your celebration statement!

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