Does a student 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 student on the Eco-Committee. We acknowledge that some year groups might not be able to attend every Eco-Committee meeting (e.g. Year 11 or 13 may be busy with revision), we recommend they just attend when they are available.
Does the Eco-Committee have to change every year?
No, that is entirely up to your school. Obviously, large groups of students leave school each year and these students will no longer be able to be on the Eco-Committee, we recommend you replace these students with new students 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 students or even ask the students to draw their own self-portraits or write a quote for your display.
We understand that sometimes Safeguarding or other issues can make displaying student’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 templates available on your school login to help. It does not have to be neat or perfect, please don’t type up or redraft notes as it is totally 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.