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!