No school is starting from scratch. Eco-Schools program helps schools evaluate past projects & organise future efforts into a simple, student-driven action plan.
Here are some ideas to help reinvigorate the school’s environmental program:
Re-group with your team or “Eco-Committee” (Step 1) and reflect on past environmental activities. Acknowledge what’s working well and everything that’s been achieved to date. Involve students and teachers who have been at the school a long time and newcomers.
Do an environmental review (Step 2) and record your future aims and targets into a simple action plan (Step 3).
Keep it simple and manageable by prioritising one key theme or campaign to start with, e.g. “litter” or “Keep Australia Beautiful Week”.
Use the 7 Steps to create a holistic initiative. Here’s a project mapping template that might help you.
Set an accreditation goal, e.g. Our school aims to achieve Eco-Schools Bronze accreditation this year.
Look at Bronze Award Criteria – you’ve likely achieved some of this criteria already, e.g. if there are some environmental themes in the curriculum; you have some form of ‘Eco-Committee’, environment group, or Green Team, action projects are underway like tackling litter, reducing waste, saving energy, growing vegetables.
Register for Eco-Schools (it’s a simple online form) We’ll send a registration pack to a main contact person and you’re good to go. Explore the website guidance. Contact KAB to discuss ideas, resources and support opportunities.