The following information about the Eco Schools Award is from the Tidy Northern Ireland website: For more information see:

Eco-Schools is a recognised award scheme, rewarding and accrediting schools who have made a commitment to continuously improving their environmental performance. It is also a learning resource, raising awareness of environmental issues through activities that link to curriculum subjects.

The aim of the Eco-Schools programme is to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of the school -both for pupils and for staff.

The Eco-Schools programme addresses the following topics within schools:

  • Biodiversity
  • Litter
  • Waste
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Transport
  • Healthy Living
  • School Grounds

How does Eco-Schools Work?

The process involves three main stages:

1.      Implementing the seven elements of the programme (as listed below)

2.      Applying for one of the three Eco-Schools awards depending on how much the school has achieved a Bronze certificate, a Silver certificate or a Green Flag.

3.      Renewing the award every two years.

The Seven Elements

Any environmental management system needs a structure to help it run smoothly, and to make sure that there is a continuous momentum towards setting targets and working to achieve them.

1.      Setting up an Eco-Schools committee

2.      Carrying out an Environmental Review

3.      Drawing up an Action Plan

4.      Monitoring and evaluating progress

5.      Linking environmental initiatives to the curriculum

6.      Involving the whole school and wider community in the programme

7.      Compiling an Eco-Code which is integrated throughout the school 

Eco-Schools is administerd in Northern Ireland by TIDY Northern Ireland

Telephone: 0845 86 206 86 


For more information, visit the website.


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