Step 7 Eco-Code

A rallying call the whole school can get behind

View the full Green Flag criteria, resources and examples below

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 your school drawn up by pupils.
  • Your Eco-code must reflect the Topic actions that you are working on for your Green Flag.
  • Your Eco-Code is displayed on the Eco-Board.
  • Your Eco-Code is also displayed around the school for example in classrooms, school halls and even the toilets!
  • Your 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-Schools Seven Step Checklist

Eco-Schools Team Tips

In order to raise awareness and celebrate your Eco-Code, why not say it during school assemblies, include it in school newsletters and display it for parents in your entrance hall.

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 – it’s your celebration statement!

School Examples

Lyonsdown School, New Barnet

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)

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Damers First School

We changed our Eco-Code to bring it more up-to-date with what we were doing across the school and the community. The children wanted to make it more child-friendly and appealing to the eye. The children worked in small groups to gather ideas and then presented their ideas to each class, who gave feedback - we thought it was very important that the whole school was involved in the design of the Eco-Code. The Eco-Crew shared all their ideas with a graphic designer, who began to create their Eco-Code. The design went backwards and forwards between the Eco-Crew and the designer several times before the Eco-Crew were eventually happy. Finally, they formally presented the Eco-Code to the whole school and headteacher. The Eco-Crew at Damers have received overwhelmingly positive feedback about their Eco-Code, it is: clear, child-friendly, bright, creative and perfectly symbolises the ethos of the school and the great sustainable work that is being done. Children at Damers now feel inspired to go on their own sustainable journeys at home with their families and friends.

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