Step 1 Eco-Committee

Your Eco-Committee must be led by students and should meet a minimum of once every half-term. There should be at least one or two students from each year group, if possible someone from every tutor group. If your school has a Student Council see if they would like to become Eco-Reps. We understand that it will be difficult for all students to come to every meeting due to other school commitments (especially during exam time), but as long as you all occasionally meet and every student understands their role on the committee this fulfills our criteria for Step 1. Remember any members of the Eco-Committee must have their photo (selfie) on your school’s Eco-Board, so other students know who to speak to when they want to get involved – more on that in the Resources section below.

An Eco-Committee must be supported by a member of staff who has volunteered to be your Eco-Coordinator. They will speak to other staff on your behalf and will help when registering and applying for awards. Please remember it is unlikely that this member of staff will get any extra time or money for doing this work; they have volunteered because they want to help you and your school achieve the international Green Flag Award.

We also recommend involving the wider school community in your Eco-Committee by inviting the head girl and boy, prefects, parents, governors, reception staff, canteen staff or your site manager to attend meetings when possible.

Eco-Committee Criteria

In order to achieve the international Green Flag Award your school must meet the following criteria.

  • Students are nominated by their peers to be on the Eco-Committee. This includes all KS3 and KS4 year groups (and KS5 if sixth form or college) in the school. It is not necessary to re-elect students on the Eco-Committee every academic year, allow students to remain on the Eco-Committee if they wish, so they are able to see the full impacts of their actions.
  • Students 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 Eco-Committee meets at least once every half term.
  • Students 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.
  • Student representatives ensure that there is communication to and from the Eco-Committee to the rest of the school.

Eco-Committee Resources

A few resources to help you run an Eco-Committee either as part of the school council, or as a separate group.

 

Meeting Minutes

Please login to your Eco-School account with your Eco-Coordinator to find additional materials to help.

Eco-Committee Examples

If your Eco-Committee is great, let us know!

Moreton Hall

At Moreton Hall, an independent boarding school in Shropshire, the Eco-Team is made up of girls (Moreton Hall is a single-sex school) from each year group, who have chosen to be in the team. The Eco-Team meets each week and meetings are led by girls in the sixth form who have been in the team for several years. The Eco-Committee is made up of the Eco-Team student leaders, parents, a member of SLT, the school’s Head of Maintenance, Financial Controller and Chef. In addition, the teachers who support the Eco-Team are also members. By including all of these people Moreton Hall can discuss projects and make decisions even when there is cost implications, for example they discussed changing recycling providers and creating a wildflower meadow within the school grounds.

Eco-Committee Questions

Everything you might want to ask before setting up an Eco-Committee.

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

Every year group must be represented by at least one student on the Eco-Committee. We understand that Years 11 and 13 might not be able to attend all meetings from March onwards.

Does the Eco-Committee have to change every year?

No, that is entirely up to your school. Obviously, large groups of students join your school every September – why not ask the new Year 7s to sign up to the Eco-Committee on their moving up day or during induction week. Many of them will have been on their Eco-Committee at Primary 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 names and year/ tutor group. If for any reason a student can not have their photo on display on the Eco-Board, they could always draw a self portrait or use an appropriate emoji to represent them.

 

How often should the Eco-Committee meet?

This depends on how quickly you want to complete your journey to 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, they 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 templates and a guide to recording minutes available on your school login. It does not have to be neat or perfect, we like seeing your work as it is presented ? please don?t type up or redraft the 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 the school about the progress of your Green Flag application. 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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