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Bronze Award Criteria

To be eligible for the Bronze Award, a school must accomplish the criteria under each of the Seven Steps below, and must apply online for the award. The online application contains all of the information below, and the school must complete this self-assessment. If the application is successfully entered and all criteria met, the school will be awarded the Eco-Schools USA Bronze Award. You will be able to download and print a personalized certificate of achievement.

Download a Bronze Award checklist. This checklist will help you track your school's progress through the Eco-Schools USA program and confirm that you are meeting criteria to apply for a Bronze Award.

Download a press release that you can personalize and send out to publicize that your school has received an Eco-Schools USA award.

Don't wait until you apply for the Green Flag to upload all your documentation and evidence!

What to submit with your Bronze Award self-assessment:

  • Update your dashboard. We will be looking at your goals, accomplishments, and metrics. Please add a minimum of three photographs.
  • Upload your pathway audit and action plan as a .pdf., to your award form, on your dashboard.
  • Upload any other documentation and/or evidence you feel will be helpful in evaluating your sustainability work.


To receive a Bronze Award, you need to earn 100 points. The actions noted below must be taken for each of the Seven Steps as follows:

Eco-Action Team (15 points total)

  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)

  • 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)

  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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • The school develops an Eco-Code with input from the whole school. The code is agreed upon and adopted by the school. (10 points)

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