7 Steps

Step 1: Form an Eco-Committee

Step 2: Carry Out an Environmental Review and Baseline Survey

What is an Environmental and Social Review?

The Environmental and Social Review is an important tool that will assist you in understanding the ecological impact your school community has on the local environment. This checklist may be of assistance to your Eco-Committee to help you quantify the school’s impact in terms of the nine Eco-Schools themes:

  • Biodiversity: Habitats & Homes
  • Energy & Climate: Super Smart Power
  • Fair Go: Global Citizens for Social Justice
  • Lifestyles: Healthy and Active
  • Litter & Waste: The Cycle of Stuff
  • Waste and Waterways: Developing our Next Generation of Waterway Keepers
  • Water: Think, Drink, Save the Sink

Important: The results of your Environmental and Social Review will inform your Action Plan, e.g. if you score poorly in one area, you should choose to address it in your Action Plan.

New Environmental Review
New Baseline Survey

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 and Social Review

Use the the Environmental and Social Review to identify the priority areas in your school and focus on them.

  • Create an Action Plan to resolve or improve those areas.
  • Make your action plan SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely)
  • 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.
New Action Plan

Step 4: Link the Action Plan to the Curriculum

Step 5: Monitor & Evaluate Your Progress

Step 6: Inform & Involve the Wider Community

Step 7: Produce an Eco-Code