How many topics do I need to develop an action(s) for?
You need to work on three of our ten topics. If you are renewing your Eco-Schools Green Flag you should substitute one of the topics from your previous, successful Action Plan.
Do we have to choose actions for the topics that we performed badly on in our Environmental Review?
We recommend you use the findings of your Environmental review to choose the topics to focus on, but it is not mandatory and is entirely up to the Eco-Committee to decide. If they have brilliant ideas for a topic your school has already performed well on; they are free to choose that topic.
Does our Action Plan have to use suggestions from the Environmental Review?
No, the Environmental Review was designed to provide students with ideas and get their own creativity flowing, none of our suggestions are mandatory.
How big do our Actions need to be?
Your actions can be as big or small as you choose, for example we don’t expect all our Eco-Schools to immediately invest in solar panels and a wind turbine – an action for 1st Green Flag could be as simple as appointing light monitors and displaying posters by light switches to remind people to turn the light off when not in use.
How many actions are required for each topic?
That is entirely up to your Eco-Committee a topic might have only one action or it might have numerous ones but please aim to be realistic with the number of actions you can carry out, otherwise you could face an overwhelming amount of work which causes a loss of momentum.
How long should our Actions take?
This is entirely up to your Eco-Committee; we only ask that on the Action Plan you try to be specific with how long you decide an action will take. If you miss the deadline you have set yourselves then you can change it at a later date, the Action Plan is designed to be a working document.
Remember that you can apply for an Eco-Schools Green Flag award even if an Action from your Action Plan is incomplete.
One of our actions has failed; can we still use this as evidence towards our Green Flag award?
Yes, as long as you are trying to make a difference and can provide evidence that you have implemented the action then the action counts towards your Eco-Schools Green Flag. At Eco-Schools we view failure as a fundamental part of learning.
One of our actions takes a long time to complete; do we have to wait till it is complete to apply for our Green Flag award?
No, as long as you can provide evidence that you have begun to implement the action then this can be used as evidence towards your Green Flag award. Some larger Eco-Schools projects can be used as evidence towards two or even three Eco-Schools Green Flag applications.
We have completed our Action Plan, what next?
You need to inform your whole school about your planned actions. You also need to display your Action Plan on your Eco-Board and upload a copy as evidence towards your Eco-Schools Green Flag award.