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Environment Friendly Living

Eco-Schools is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world, operated internationally by the

Foundation for En


nmental Education (FEE)

and which we manage in Scotland.  The programme connects 19.5 million children, young people and educators through sustainable development education with

67 countries on all five continents


Eco-Schools has common structural features across all operating countries. The Seven Elements, the Eco-Schools Topics, and Assessment for the Green Flag. The Seven Elements are the same in every country, although they may have slightly different names.  Eco-Schools Topic themes vary across different operating countries.

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Eco-Schools Scotland

The Eco-Schools Scotland programme is made up of a set of

Seven Elements

that are used to plan action on environmental issues and that form the criteria for the Green Flag Award. To earn a Green Flag Award, your school needs to follow the Seven Elements, ensuring that Eco-Schools is pupil-led, linked to the curriculum and involves the whole school and wider community.

Eco-Schools Scotland is designed to encourage whole-school community action on Learning for Sustainability. The programme encourages young people to engage in their environment by allowing them the opportunity to actively protect it.  The programme starts in the classroom and expands to the whole school, eventually fostering change in the community at large.

We are grateful for the continued support of the

Scottish Government

in funding the programme.

How Eco-Schools Scotland works



of the Green Flag Award are based on the

Seven Elements

, which are the core of the Eco-Schools programme in every participating country.

The first step is to form an


to represent the ideas of the whole school.  The Eco-Committee then completes an

Environmental Review

, to investigate the current situation in the school.  The results of the Environmental Review are used to create an

Action Plan

of planned projects on litter and two other topics. Eco-Schools Scotland has

Ten Topics

to choose from.  The Action Plan will include ways of


the progress of projects, and ideas for future development.

Projects should be linked to the


with the whole school and wider


given the opportunity to be involved.  Finally, the whole school should create an


representing their commitment to environmental issues.

This work is recognised by the Green Flag Award – a visible indication of your school’s commitment to learning for sustainability, and an internationally recognised accreditation for excellence in sustainable development education.  The Green Flag Award is renewed every two years following the same

Seven Elements


Eco-Schools Scotland has linked the programme to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and you will be asked to select a goal to connect to your three topics. You can read more about the

Sustainable Development Goals here


Eco-Schools Scotland has a new online application system, which allows you and your school to input information throughout your two year Green Flag journey and be provided with feedback at key points in the process.

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