Seven Step Overview

Eco-Schools across the world use the Seven Step Process to inform and guide their Eco-Initiatives! This framework has been designed to place young people in control of environmental actions in their school, local community and beyond. You will find more detail on each step, as well as resources for both Primary and High Schools to guide you through your Eco-Journey, by clicking on the link at the relevant step.

Step 1: Form an Eco-Committee

A group of students, with the help of an Eco-Teacher or Coordinator, who are responsible for the Eco-Schools program in your school community.

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Step 2: Complete an Environmental Review

Your Eco-Committee now has its first task – to complete an Environmental or Eco-Review of your school! This will guide your choice of Themes.

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Step 3: Create an Action Plan

The action plan is the core of your Eco-Schools work and should be developed using the results of your environmental review.

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Step 4: Link to the Curriculum

Including environmental education in a variety of different curriculum areas educating a variety of year groups during the school year.

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Step 5: Monitor and Evaluate

To find out whether or not you are successfully achieving the targets laid out in your Action Plan, you must monitor and measure your progress.

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Step 6: Inform and Involve

One key aim of the Eco-Schools program is to raise awareness of your environmental activities – throughout the school and the wider community – and to make sure that as many people as possible get a chance to take part.

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Step 7: Produce an Eco-Code

The Eco-Code is a mission statement. It should demonstrate, in a clear and imaginative way, your school’s commitment to improving its environmental performance. It should be memorable and familiar to everyone in the school.

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You don’t have to complete the steps sequentially!

You will find you are working on several steps at the same time. For example, you will likely be working on Step 5: Monitoring & Evaluation, throughout the projects, alongside Steps 4: Link to the Curriculum and Step 6: Informing & Involving.

You may like to complete Step 7: Produce an Eco-Code, during Step 3: Action Plan to inspire the school to aim for your environmental goals!

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