Green-Schools is an international environmental education programme, environmental management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole school action for the environment.
Unlike a once-off project, it is a long-term programme that introduces participants (students, teachers, parents and the wider community) to the concept of an environmental management system.
However, Green-Schools is far more than just an environmental management system. It fosters a strong sense of citizenship and leadership among participants that spreads far outside the school into the wider community. It also promotes a strong sense of teamwork among teachers, students and the wider community to reach a common high level goal of achieving Green Flag status. It flattens and democratises school management structures. It brings children into the decision-making process and makes them responsible for their decision and actions.
The aim of Green-Schools is to increase students’ and participant awareness of environmental issues through classroom studies and to transfer this knowledge into positive environmental action in the school and also in the wider community. Schools that have successfully completed all the elements of the programme are awarded the ‘Green-Flag’. This award has now become a well-recognised Eco-Label. The award has to be renewed every two years.
Green Schools in St Andrew’s College
The Green Schools’ Committee have been working hard for the past year to raise awareness of the environment and the responsibilities we have to it throughout the school. With the help of students and staff alike, surveys on energy wastage and bin numbers have been designed, carried out, and displayed on the Green Schools’ noticeboard on the main corridor between House Area 1 and 2. From digging through bins to discussing green advertising campaigns, the committee members have completed a detailed litter and waste review and have come up with a plan for our school.
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