Step 7 Eco-Code

The Eco-Code is your mission statement. It should show – in a positive, clear and imaginative way – your school’s commitment to eco-action. It is a great way to get people thinking about the work your Eco-Committee is trying to do and why it is trying to do it. Why not ask your Performing Arts department to help? You could create a song, poem, limerick, sonnet, rap, acronym or something even more creative!

Eco-Code Criteria

In order to achieve the international Green Flag award your 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 joint action – let your imaginations run wild.

There is no set format for an Eco-Code. Work with other students, 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 your whole school to feel committed to.

Eco-Schools Seven Step Checklist


Eco-Code FAQs

What makes a good Eco-Code?

How often do we need to change our Eco-Code 

Once you have an Eco-Code, you do not need to stick with it forever. It is a requirement to renew it with every Green Flag renewa. as it should reflect the topics your school is currently working on. This also allows students to feel ownership over their Eco-Code.

How do we inform our school about the Eco-Code?

Your Eco-Code should be displayed on the Eco-Board, but to inform the whole school about it we recommend having it in different classrooms, halls and maybe even in the toilets if you are working on the Water Topic!


Who needs to know the Eco-Code?

Most of the students in your school should know the Eco-Code.  It is also recommended that you share your school?s Eco-Code with the wider community – maybe on the footer of  letters home or on your school’s website.


Where should we display our Eco-Code?

Wherever you can, but your Eco-Code must be displayed on your Eco-Board and various places around the school. Please remember to check with staff before putting up your Eco-Code around school.


What evidence do we need to provide for the Eco-Code step?

When our Green Flag Assessor visits they may ask various students what your school?s Eco-Code is (if they can not see it on display around school). When you upload a photograph of your Eco-Board in the final stages of your Green Flag application your Eco-Code should be clearly visible.


Why is it the last step?

The Eco-Code is the final step because it is the funnest step! It should reflect the work your Eco-Committee has carried out to achieve Green Flag status – its your celebration statement!

Holy Cross Catholic High School, Chorley

The Eco-Committee at Holy Cross decided to host a competition to design an Eco-Code. During Holy Cross' SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) day, two year 8 pupils designed the winning entry.
Their entry was chosen because the Eco-Coordinator and Eco-Committee appreciated the symbolism of the world placed in the palm of a hand, seeing it as an interesting way to highlight how the choices we make in everyday life affect our planet. The use of the 6R's on each finger and the palm also emphasise how each of the R's should be considered in our everyday choices! Eco-Schools love how a simple design contains so much meaning!

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Downe House School, Thatcham

Downe House Eco-Committee (DECOs) decided they wanted to engage as many students and staff as possible in the creation of their Eco-Code. They decided the best way to maximise involvement was through a whole-school competition to create their Eco-Code. Prior to launching their competition, they first ensured any entries would adhere to the Eco-Schools criteria of representing the topics and actions in the school's Action Plan. Receiving entries from each year group it was then up to the Eco-Committee to choose the winner, which was announced in school assembly! Now the winning entrant's Eco-Code is proudly displayed in each classroom.

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