An environmental management toolThe Seven Steps / Components of the Eco-Schools Programme provides the framework for a school to embark on its journey towards sustainability. This includes:
- How to carry out an Environmental Review to help determine the current environmental status of the school
- Creating an Action Plan to prioritise and tackle key environmental issues identified in the school based on the Environmental Review
- Drafting an “Eco-Code”; an environmental mission statement for the school
The Eco-Schools Programme motivated students to appreciate how our environment affects every aspect of our lives and helped integrate environmental education into the different subjects such as Maths, Natural Sciences, Language, Arts and Social Sciences.
A learning resource
The Programme also aimed to enhance students’ communication, organisation and team skills by encouraging them to work in Eco-Committees comprising different groups of people such as teachers, school administrators, and parents; where they could make short & long-term plans for the school’s sustainable future.
Schools that fulfilled the Green Flag criteria by demonstrating acceptable proof of implementing the Seven Steps methodically, and provided evidence on whole school involvement and measurable improvements in conservation of resources, were considered eligible to be awarded the Green Flag.
A recognised award scheme
Over the years, 45 public and private schools participated in the Programme with 18 schools receiving the coveted Green Flag.
Micro-ProjectsThrough generous sponsorships, EWS-WWF granted seed funds to Eco-Schools to encourage them to gather first-hand experiences on project management skills and initiate micro-projects that were part of their Eco-Schools Action Plan, These funds aimed to help the schools kick start their activities for the micro-project, and implement some technological enhancements, if needed. While the seed funds were helpful to motivate schools to initiate projects, in many cases, it only partially covered the cost of the technological modifications required. The remainder was funded by the schools themselves. Some of the projects undertaken include harnessing AC water to water plants in the school grounds, adding solar panels to specific locations in school for a better understanding of alternative energy forms, or re-positioning light bulbs in classrooms in order to reduce energy consumption and still ensure that rooms are lit up adequately.
From 2012-2015, participating schools collectively saved 30.3% on electricity and 30.8% on water!
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