Topics

The Eco-Schools topics

The nine Eco-Schools topics are distinct and are broad enough to allow your pupils to run projects that they are passionate about. Whatever project your Eco-committee comes up with, it should sit neatly under one of our nine topics.

To gain your first Eco-Schools Green Flag you will need to demonstrate that you are doing three different pieces of project work, covering three different Eco-Schools topics.

For renewals, we ask that you focus on a further two topics, and for each renewal after that swap another two – meaning you will always need to be covering five topics and will have done work on all nine by your fourth flag.

Once you have read about our 9 topics head to  Eco-Schools England Pinterest Topic Boards for lots more inspiration 

Biodiversity

Although it is extremely hard to determine the exact number of species that we share the planet with, we know that it is a lot and that there is great diversity. How do you promote Biodiversity at school?

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Energy

School’s have two main uses for energy: heating and electricity. Can you address both to help lower your school’s impact on climate change?

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Litter

In the same way that Keep Britain Tidy sees litter as a symptom of wider social problems, OFSTED see litter as a sign of students’ respect (or lack of it) for their learning environment. Is your school litter-free?

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Waste

Waste comes in many different forms – food, paper, electrical, metal – it can all be reduced, reused or recycled. How can your school manage waste better?

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Transport

Schools can do a lot to improve the way their staff and pupils travel. Can your school encourage pupils to try new modes of transport?

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Water

Water; the stuff of life. What can your school do use this precious resource wisely?

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School grounds

A school’s grounds are a fantastic environment in which to let the imagination run wild. How will your school make the most of its outside space?

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Healthy living

People are part of the environment. We want both to be healthy. How does your school promote choices that are good for us and good for the environment?

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Global Citizenship

We share the planet with billions of people, animals and plants. Does your school have a positive or negative impact on the lives of others?

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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