'Eco-Schools' Activities

Guy Lee Eco-School Activities
*Bronze Level Checklist*
100 out of 100 points
Eco-Action Team (15 points total) = 15
  1. The school has identified an Eco-Action Team that is composed of a diverse group of teachers and students. (5 points)
  2. The group meets at least 4 times a year, and informal minutes are kept at each meeting. (5 points)
  3. The group informs the whole school of committee discussions and actions. (5 points)

Environmental Audit (20 points total) = 20

  • A formal or informal environmental audit of the school is conducted. Schools may develop their own criteria or use the Eco-Schools USA template. (5 points)
  • Students are involved in conducting the audit. (5 points)
  • Audit results are shared with the whole school. (5 points)
  • We recommend that you conduct an audit annually to measure your progress. However, for this award level, you need only complete it once. (5 points)

Eco-Action Plan (15 points total) = 15

  1. Results from the Environmental Audit are used to create a basic action plan that is focused on at least one Eco-Schools pathway. (5 points)
  2. The Eco-Action Plan is shared with the whole school community. (5 points)
  3. The Eco-Action Plan is used to take some level of action at the school to mitigate environmental problems, focusing on the selected Eco-Schools pathway. (5 points)

Monitoring and Evaluation (20 points total) = 20

  • The Eco-Action Team identifies and monitors progress towards achieving the actions stated in the Eco-Action Plan. (5 points)
  • Successes and challenges are noted in meeting minutes. (5 points)
  • Metrics data is entered on the award application for the pathway(s) on which your school is focusing. (10 points)

Linking to the Curriculum (10 points total) = 10

  • Students have an opportunity at most grade levels and across disciplines to integrate environmental issues into the classroom, on the school site or in the local community. (10 points)

Informing the Community (10 points total) = 10

  • The school has a prominent, designated way to communicate with the whole school and greater community such as a bulletin board, website or newsletter which details Eco-Schools USA activities. (10 points)

Eco-Code (10 points total) = 10

  • The school develops an Eco-Code with input from the whole school. The code is agreed upon and adopted by the school. (10 points)
Silver Level Checklist
185 out of 200 points

Eco-Action Committee (30 points total) = 30

  1. The school has identified an Eco-Action Team which is composed of students, teachers and community members. (10 points)
  2. The Eco-Action Team meets a minimum of six times a year. (10 points)
  3. Students are part of the decision-making process and share responsibility for keeping minutes at each meeting. (5 points)
  4. Student members of the Eco-Action Team share information with the whole school. (5 points)

Environmental Audit (35 points total) = 20

  1. A formal Environmental Audit of the school is completed (utilizing the Eco-Schools USA template) for at least two pathways, one of which must be Energy. (15 points)
  2. Students play an active role in conducting the Environmental Audit. (10 points) 
  3. Results of the audit are shared with the whole school. (5 points)
  4. We recommend that you conduct an audit annually to measure your progress. However, for this award level, you need only complete it once. (5 points)

Eco-Action Plan (35 points total) = 35

  1. The Eco-Action Team uses results from the formal Environmental Audit to develop a detailed Eco-Action Plan that has quantifiable targets and a time frame for completing them. The plan addresses at least two Eco-Schools pathways, one of which is Energy. (20 points)
  2. A range of actions are planned to mitigate environmental problems. (10 points)
  3. The Eco-Action Plan is shared with whole school and greater community. (5 points)

Monitoring and Evaluation (35 points total) = 35

  1. The Eco-Action Team monitors and reviews progress against the Eco-Action Plan's time frame and targets. (15 points)
  2. Successes and challenges are reported to the whole school. (5 points)
  3. The school shows significant progress on one-large scale project that is focused on at least two Eco-Schools pathways. (5 points)
  4. Metrics data is entered on the award application for the two pathways (or more) on which your school is focusing. (10 points) 

Linking to the Curriculum (25 points total) = 25

  1. Students have an opportunity at all grade levels and across disciplines to address environmental issues in the classroom, on the school site or in the local community. (15 points)
  2. Students' experiences with environmental issues are integrated into the curriculum and inquiry-based. (10 points)

Informing the Community (20 points total) = 20

  1. The school has a prominent, designated way to communicate with the whole school and greater community such as a bulletin board, website or newsletter which details Eco-Schools activities. (10 points)
  2. The whole school, along with volunteers from throughout the community, engage in a number of Eco-schools activities. (10 points)

Eco-Code (20 points total) = 20

  • The Eco-Action Team develops an Eco-Code with input from the whole school. The code is then agreed upon, adopted, and displayed by the school. (20 points)
Green Flag Checklist
105 out of 300 points

Eco-Action Team (40 points total) = 25

  1. The school has identified an Eco-Action Team which has strong representation from students (at least 50%), and also includes teachers, other school staff and community members. (15 points) 
  2. The group meets a minimum of eight times a year. (15 points)
  3. Students take significant responsibility for conducting the Eco-Action Team meetings, are part of the team's decision-making process, and help keep minutes. (5 points)
  4. Student team members actively engage other students and collect suggestions from the greater student body. (5 points)

Environmental Audit (50 points total) 

  1. A formal and comprehensive Environmental Audit of the school is completed (utilizing the Eco-Schools USA checklist) for at least three pathways, one of which is Energy. (20 points)
  2. Students play an active role in conducting the Environmental Audit and engaging resource specialists from the community. (20 points)
  3. Results of the audit are shared with the whole school and local community. (5 points)
  4. An environmental audit is conducted each year to track progress over time. (5 points)

Eco-Action Plan (50 points total) 

  1. The Eco-Action Team uses results from the formal Environmental Audit to develop a detailed Eco-Action Plan that includes quantifiable targets and a timeframe for completing them. The plan addresses at least three Eco-Schools pathways, one of which is Energy. (20 points) 
  2. A range of actions are planned to mitigate environmental problems. Targets are prioritized and cost-benefit information is provided for each action. (20 points)
  3. The Eco-Action Plan is shared with the whole school and local community. (10 points) 

Monitoring and Evaluation (50 points total) = 20

  1. The Eco-Action Team monitors and reviews progress against the Eco-Action Plan's timeframe and targets. (15 points)
  2. Successes and challenges are communicated to the whole school and wider community. (5 points)
  3. The school shows significant progress (i.e., the school community understands the issue, recognizes its value to sustainable development and has implemented change) on several large-scale projects addressing at least three Eco-Schools pathways. (5 points)
  4. Students are engaged in portions of monitoring and evaluation and data is used in some curriculum work. (5 points)
  5. Metrics data is included on the award application for the three pathways (or more) on which your school is focusing. (20 points)

Linking to the Curriculum (50 points total) = 20

  1. Students have an opportunity at all grade levels and across disciplines to address environmental issues in the classroom, on the school site and in the greater local community. (20 points)
  2. Students' experiences with environmental issues are integrated into the curriculum and inquiry-based. (15 points)
  3. School staff are provided with professional development and training on best practices, knowledge and skills for environmental education. (15 points)

Involving the Whole Community (30 points total) = 10

  1. The school has a prominent, designated way to communicate with the whole school and greater community such as a bulletin board, website or newsletter which details Eco-Schools activities. (10 points)
  2. The whole school, along with volunteers from throughout the community, engage in a number of Eco-Schools activities. (5 points)
  3. The school plans a special event that engages the greater community in learning about and helping with Eco-Schools projects. (5 points)
  4. Students write about Eco-Schools projects for local papers and magazines. (5 points)
  5. The school shares its Eco-School projects with other schools in the U.S. and with the global community through the Eco-Schools USA website and other communication tools. (5 points) 

Eco-Code (30 points total) = 30

  1. The Eco-Action Team develops an Eco-Code with input from the whole school and greater community. The code is then agreed upon and adopted by the whole school. (15 points)
  2. The Eco-Code is prominently displayed for all to read as they enter the school. (10 points)
  3. The Eco-Code is reviewed each year to ensure that it is still relevant. (5 points)