This is a process of examining your school's environmental impacts in order to identify targets for action and improvement.
Before you begin your Eco-Schools journey, it is essential that you audit your current environmental impact. If we envisage the Eco-Schools programme as using a map to undertake a successful road trip, the review enables us to locate our starting point on the map. Once you know where you are starting from, you can then set realistic targets and measure success.
This process will help to raise awareness of the programme throughout the school, whereby results of the review can be publicised by means of a notice board, school newsletter, or through assembly or public announcements. It is important that the students are involved in the review process.
Complete the Environmental Review which is relevant to your
school/pupil ability. At the start of your Eco-School journey you may not know
the answers to all the questions but as you progress to Green Flag you will
become more familiar with your school and be able to complete the entire form.
At any point during the process, contact us and speak to one of our Eco-Schools Officers who are available to provide assistance, advice and extra resources to help you on your way to Green Flag Status.
The results of your Environmental Review will provide you with a basis to form your Action Plan, assisting your school in deciding whether change is necessary, urgent, or not required at all. It will also help you to set realistic goals and targets and measure your guaranteed success.
Completing an Environmental Review will ensure that no significant areas are overlooked and will help pupils and the wider school community understand the school's current environmental situation.
The process will also assist in identifying areas where little or no improvement is needed and help to identify and prioritise actions to be taken.
When the time comes for applying for your Green Flag, you will need to provide details as to how and when you carried out your Environmental Review, who was involved and how you obtained the results. As there may be a long time frame between your initial review and finally applying for the flag, make sure that records are kept of all your work and results.
You should ensure that the wider school community works as closely as possible with the Eco-Committee to carry out the Review. It is imperative that as many pupils as possible participate at every stage.
It is recommended that an Environmental Review be carried out on an annual basis in order to measure and evaluate the continuing progress of the school's environmental performance.
By thoroughly checking all potential environmental impacts of the school for the theme under investigation, the Environmental Review will:
It is very important to quantify your review using a unit of environmental performance that is applicable to your school, e.g. number/volume of bins going to landfill weekly, monthly utility meter readings, average cost of water consumption per pupil per month, etc. You can use this indicator throughout the Eco-Schools programme as a benchmark against which future monitoring can be compared. It is important that measuring your progress becomes an intrinsic part of school life. This information is required to complete your Green Flag Award application form.
Once you have completed your Environmental Review, you should use the results obtained to go on to Element 3 - The Action Plan