The Eco-Schools Programme
encourages pupils to engage with environmental and sustainable
There is an emphasis on Litter and Waste Minimisation, although
schools can also focus on Transport, Healthy Living, Energy and
Water Saving, or School Grounds Development.
Pupils take key roles in decision-making and participation in
order to reduce the environmental impact of the school. In this
way, Eco-Schools extends learning beyond the classroom and develops
responsible citizenship attitudes both at home and in the wider
The Eco-Schools European Green Flag, awarded to schools with
high achievement in their programme, is a recognised and respected
eco-label for performance in Education for Sustainable Development.
The Eco-Schools programme is a long-term activity, with the award
being re-assessed and renewed every two years.
There are presently over 8000 registered Eco-Schools in 23
European countries including 3800 in the U.K. and over
760 in Wales. Eco-Schools are distributed
throughout all 22 Welsh Local Authorities, and include a broad
range of Infants, Primary, Secondary and Special Needs schools.
More information about Eco-Schools is available here
The scheme was developed by the Foundation for Environmental
Education (FEE), and in Wales it is managed by the Keep Wales Tidy
Campaign who you can contact at either:
33-35 Cathedral Road
Tel: 029 2025 6767
Harbour House, Slate Quay
Tel: 01286 674081
All material is available in both Welsh and English and
is provided free to registered schools