The Eco-Code is the Eco-Committee’s mission statement. It should demonstrate – in a positive, clear and imaginative way – the school’s commitment to improving its environmental performance. It is worth reviewing and updating the Eco-Code every year or two. It is a great way to get people thinking about the work the Eco-Committee is trying to do and why it is trying to do it. The Eco-Committee could create a song, statement, poem, rap, acronym, acrostic, limerick or something even more creative!

How to create an Eco-Code

The creation of an Eco-Code is a creative and collaborative process.

An interesting element of the Eco-Code process is that it gives children a chance to reflect on our shared environmental challenges.

The environmental, social and development issues that children will learn about as they grow up can seem daunting and, occasionally, scary. Help them to explore where responsibility for addressing the challenges we face lies. Is it with the individuals, businesses, governments, charities, or all of these mixed together? Help them to think about what responsibilities schools have, especially their school, as this will guide them towards the themes their Eco-Code might cover.

There is no set format for an Eco-Code, so work with other teachers and the whole school community to decide on a format. Remember, your Eco-Code will be displayed in every classroom and it is something that you want the whole school to feel committed to. This is why it is so important to develop it collaboratively, so that everyone is engaged.

Once you have an Eco-Code, you do not need to stick with it forever. Think about refreshing it every few years, so more pupils get the chance to think deeply about the environment and their role in protecting it.

Learning outcomes

Development of an Eco-Code is a great opportunity to practise thinking, listening and literacy skills.

The Eco-Code could be developed by the Eco-Committee in consultation with the rest of the school, or in class as a curriculum exercise that results in several Eco-Code’s that are voted on to find a winner.

  • Communication
  • Design
  • Literacy
  • Empathy
  • Teamwork
  • Creative writing
  • Persuasion
  • Critical thinking
  • Performance
  • Singing
  • Collaboration
  • Democracy
  • Compassion

The Eco-Code - Eco-Schools criteria

Check if your Eco-Code meets the Eco-Schools award criteria.

Bronze Award

  • There is an agreement on an environmental statement for the school drawn up by the Eco-Committee

Silver Award

  • The school has an agreed Eco-Code
  • The Eco-Code is displayed on the Eco-Board

Green Flag Award

  • The school has an agreed Eco-Code, which is integrated in to the school’s mission statement and core values
  • The Eco-Code is displayed on the Eco-Board and in all classrooms
  • The Eco-Code is known and understood by the majority of pupils and staff

Interactive Eco-School

You can find a greener version of pretty much everything your school uses; pencils, carpets, uniforms, energy. Here you can investigate how you can ‘green’ your school

Interactive Eco-School