Step 1 Eco-Committee

Responsible for all things Eco-Schools

View the full Green Flag criteria, resources and examples below

Eco-Committee Criteria

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

  • At least one pupil from each year group is on your Eco-Committee including KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4. Nurseries, colleges and SEN schools can adapt their Eco-Committee to suit their setting. Please note it is not necessary to appoint a new Eco-Committee each academic year.
  • Your Eco-Committee meet at least once every half-term.
  • Pupils share responsibility with adults for running meetings and keeping a record of meetings.
  • Meeting minutes are displayed on your Eco-Board.
  • There is representation from parents, governors or senior management on your Eco-Committee, however, they do not have to attend every meeting. When they cannot attend meetings, the Eco-Committee are responsible for updating them.
  • Pupil representatives ensure that there is communication to and from the Eco-Committee to the rest of the school.

 

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.

 

School Examples

Thomas A Becket Junior School, Worthing

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!

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