The action plan is the core of your Eco-Schools work and should be developed using the results of your environmental review.
Guidelines from Foundation for Environmental Education:
Information from the Environmental Review is used to identify priority areas and create an action plan, setting achievable and realistic targets and deadlines to improve environmental performance on specific issues by listing a number of agreed environmental objectives, along with deadlines and clearly allocated responsibilities for each step. Where possible, it should also be linked to the curriculum, show any cost implications, and specify arrangements for monitoring and evaluation.
As with every aspect of the Eco-Schools process, students should be involved as much as possible in the drawing up of the Action Plan.
Make sure that the targets you set are realistic and achievable. Do not be over ambitious as failing to meet targets can be de-motivating for students. If your Environmental Review has shown that your school needs to set numerous targets, do not feel that you have to tackle them all at once – prioritise them by dividing them into what is achievable in the short, medium and longer term.
Here are some steps you may want to follow to draw up a successful action plan:
1. Gather the results from your Environmental Review. Choose the topics where you scored the lowest. Decide what kind of action you can take to improve these issues.
2. Decide how you will measure success in achieving your objectives. Make sure it is something that you can measure, e.g. if tackling energy, your measure could be a reduction in the school’s energy bills.
3. Negotiate timescales for each action. Is the target action to be achieved in the short, medium or longer term?
4. Decide who is to be responsible for each action. Wherever possible, this should involve students.
5. Include a section for monitoring any financial costs you may incur with your activities.