Step 1 Eco-Committee

A group of young people who, with the support of an Eco-Coordinator, are responsible for running the Eco-Schools programme in your school community.

Eco-Committee Criteria

In order to achieve the international Eco-Schools Green Flag award a school must meet the following criteria.

  • Optional for first Eco-Schools Green Flag: At least one pupil from each year group is on your Eco-Committee.
  • Optional for first Eco-Schools Green Flag: There is representation from parents, governors or your senior leadership team on your Eco-Committee.
  • Eco-Committee members are displayed on your Eco-Board (physical or digital).
  • Your Eco-Committee meet at least once every half-term.
  • Pupils are involved in running and keeping meeting minutes for Eco-Committee meetings, these minutes are displayed on your Eco-Board (physical or digital).
  • Pupils on the Eco-Committee ensure the rest of the school are kept up-to-date on the progress of their Eco-Schools Work.

Eco-Committee Criteria Guidance

Further information about the Eco-Schools criteria for Step 1: Eco-Committee.

  • It is entirely your decision whether you decide to appoint a new Eco-Committee every year or retain your previous Eco-Committee. In the Eco-Schools Team’s experience, it has worked well when school’s have retained an Eco-Committee from the previous academic year whilst inviting additional members to join. This has ensured continuity and helped to increase the scale of Eco-Schools work.
  • Ideally your Eco-Committees members’ name, year group and a photo, picture or quote are displayed on your Eco-Board. If this is not possible due to safeguarding, or other issues, please skip this aspect of our criteria.
  • Parent, governors or senior leadership team representatives do not have to attend every Eco-Committee meeting, but should be kept up-to-date on the progress of your Eco-Schools work. Some Eco-Committees choose to prepare an annual (or termly) Eco-Schools presentation(s) for these members.
  • Specialist settings are free to adapt aspects of this step’s (and any other step’s) criteria to make the programme manageable in their setting.
  • The Eco-Schools team recommends logging into your Eco-Schools account and beginning to answer this step’s assessment questions in September or October.
Eco-Schools Team Tip

Choose your Eco-Committee however you want. You may decide to choose the most passionate children, those pupils in need of a confidence boost or you might make pupils complete an application form, deliver a speech and be democratically elected – do what works best for your school and its pupils.

Eco-Committee Resources

A list of Eco-Committee (and pre-step) resources you will be able to access when you login to your Eco-Schools account.

Pre-Step Resources
  • All Ages Eco-Schools Timeline. A suggested timeline for completing the Eco-Schools Seven Steps.
  • Primary Assembly With Narration. An editable PowerPoint designed to introduce the Eco-Schools programme, with voiceover from one of the Eco-Schools Team.
  • Primary Assembly Without Narration. An editable PowerPoint designed to introduce the Eco-Schools programme.
  • Primary Eco-Schools Letter to Families. An editable letter to send to pupil’s families with information about the Eco-Schools programme.
  • Primary Calendar With Text. A printable calendar to help keep up-to-date with your Eco-Schools work, including suggested actions.
  • Primary Calendar Without Text. A printable calendar to help keep up-to-date with your Eco-Schools work.
Eco-Committee Resources
  • Primary Eco-Committee Certificates. A┬ávariety of printable certificates to recognise Eco-Committee members.
  • Primary Eco-Committee Poster Advert. A printable poster to advertise for Eco-Committee members.
  • Primary Eco-Committee Application Form. A printable job application form for Eco-Committee members.
  • Primary Eco-Committee Job Application Editable. A job application form for Eco-Committee members that can be completed digitally (Word).
  • Primary Ballot Paper Handwritten. A printable ballot paper to be used if you choose to democratically elect your Eco-Committee.
  • Primary Eco-Committee Ballot Paper Editable. A digital ballot paper, editable on Word, to be used if you choose to democratically elect your Eco-Committee.
  • Primary Meet our Eco-Committee Poster. A printable display to showcase your Eco-Committee members on your Eco-Board.
  • Primary Meeting Timetable Editable. A digital timetable to keep a record of upcoming Eco-Committee meetings.
  • Primary Meeting Timetable Handwritten. A timetable to keep a record of upcoming Eco-Committee meetings.
Compulsory Eco-Committee Resources
  • Primary Eco-Committee Meeting Minutes Editable. A template to keep a digital record of Eco-Committee meetings.

or

  • Primary Eco-Committee Meeting Minutes Handwritten. A template to keep a handwritten record of Eco-Committee meetings.

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?

This aspect of criteria is optional for schools applying for their first Eco-Schools Green Flag. For schools renewing their Eco-Schools Green Flag, 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.

We understand that sometimes Safeguarding or other issues can make displaying children’s names or photographs difficult – if this is the case please just let the Eco-Schools team know when applying for an Eco-Schools Green Flag.

How often should the Eco-Committee meet?

This is entirely up to individual schools. Some school’s Eco-Committees choose to meet as often as once a week, whilst others meet only once every half term. We recommend an Eco-Committee 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 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 Eco-Schools Green Flag award. A photograph of your Eco-Board will be asked for when applying for an Eco-Schools Green Flag.

 

Eco-Committee 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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