Step 1 Eco-Committee

An Eco-Committee should meet at least once every half-term, but we recommend meeting a little more often in order to fully engage in the Green Flag process. It is important to make sure there is at least one pupil from each year group on your Eco-Committee, as this ensures whole school involvement. We understand that it will be difficult to involve the youngest children in your school at every meeting, but as long as they occasionally share ideas and are represented on the Eco-Board that fulfills our criteria for this first step.

An Eco-Committee is supported by an adult Eco-Coordinator, but led by pupils. Any member of staff can be the Eco-Coordinator or it can be a shared responsibility: it is a good idea to involve several members of staff if possible.

Finally, we recommend involving the wider school community in your Eco-Committee by inviting parents, governors or your site manager to attend meetings when possible.

Eco-Committee Criteria

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

  • Pupils are nominated by their peers to be on the Eco-Committee. This includes all KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4 year groups in the school. Nurseries, colleges and specialist schools can adapt their Eco-Committee to suit their setting. NB. It is not necessary to re-elect the pupils on the Eco-Committee every academic year, allow pupils to remain on the Eco-Committee if they wish, so they are able to see the impacts of their actions.
  • Pupils are given the opportunity to invite along non-teaching staff to join their meetings to help them with a particular topic they have chosen to work on. There is a representation from the parents or governing body on your Eco-Committee.
  • The committee meets at least once every half term.
  • Pupils share responsibility with adults for running meetings and keeping a record of the meetings.
  • Minutes are displayed on your Eco-Board.
  • Reports of your Eco-Committee meetings are made available to the Board of Governors and PTA.
  • Pupil representatives ensure that there is communication to and from the Eco-Committee to the rest of the school.

 

Eco-Committee Examples

If you have an excellent Eco-Committee, let us know!

Thomas A Becket Junior School

Thomas A Becket Junior School is one of our amazing Hall of Fame Schools. Here they provide some inspirational advice on the additional eco-roles they have for pupils not on their Eco-Committee.

At Thomas A Becket Junior School, each class appoints an Energy Monitor to save energy and reduce CO2 by ensuring electrical equipment (lights, projectors and computer monitors) are turned off when not in use, especially when a room is empty.

We also have designated Energy Rangers across all year groups who undertake an energy check once a week. They score each class on their energy efficiency with 4 being the highest score if all lights, monitors and projectors are turned off when not in use. At the end of every term our Rangers work with our Eco-Committee to calculate the score for each class, with the most energy efficient class winning a certificate and prize which is presented during assembly. Our Energy Rangers make sure the profile of efficient energy usage is high in our school throughout the year by organising various events and challenges amongst classes and year groups.

We also work with local organisations and schools to ensure we share good practice and expert advice!

 

Eco-Committee FAQs

Everything you need to know about establishing an Eco-Committee

Does a child from every year group have to be on the Eco-Committee?

Every year group must be represented by at least one child on the Eco-Committee. We acknowledge that Reception and Year One children are very young, but it is still important to have them on the Eco-Committee even though they may not be as active as the older children. If you are worried about their involvement please feel free to encourage some of the older children to aid them, or even form a ‘mini eco-committee’ just for them.

Does the Eco-Committee have to change every year?

No, that is entirely up to your school. Obviously, large groups of children leave school each year and these children will no longer be able to be on the Eco-Committee, we recommend you replace these children with younger children who join your school. Not having to re-elect a full Eco-Committee every September will also save a lot of time!

Do the Eco-Committee have to be displayed on our Eco-Board?

Yes, this provides evidence towards your Green Flag award. You need to display their names and year group. You can also choose to add photos of the children or even ask the children to draw their own picture or write a quote for your display.

How often should the Eco-Committee meet?

This depends on how quickly you want to complete your journey to Eco-Schools Green Flag. Some school’s Eco-Committees choose to meet as often as once a week, whilst others meet only once every half term. We recommend they meet no less than once every half term.

What adults can be on the Eco-Committee?

Adults from all aspects of the school life can join the Eco-Committee. Adults can include teachers, learning support assistants, senior leadership, site managers, administration staff, parents or governors as long as they comply with your school?s safeguarding policy.

Do we have to record minutes from Eco-Committee meetings?

Yes, we ask that Eco-Committee members take a record of events from their meetings. We have child friendly templates and a guide to recording minutes available on your school login. It does not have to be neat or perfect, we like seeing the children?s work as it is presented ? please don?t type up or redraft notes as it is unnecessary.

Do we have to display minutes from Eco-Committee meetings?

Yes, these should be displayed on your Eco-Board to inform your school about the progress of your Green Flag award. A photograph of your Eco-Board will be asked for in the final stages of your application as evidence towards your Green Flag award.

 

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