The Eco-Schools Programme encourages pupils to engage with environmental and sustainable development issues. The scheme was developed by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), and in Wales it is managed by Keep Wales Tidy
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 community.
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.
All material is available in both Welsh and English and is provided free to registered schools