Before completing your action plan, you should carry out the WOW-Oceans audit.
Creating the Action Plan
1. WOW-Oceans Audit Review
- Using the data from your audit, identify opportunities to improve coastal and ocean health, specifically improving the water quality at ocean entry points, and improving habitat health for local species who rely on a healthy coastlines, tidepools, and oceans.
2. Group Brainstorming
- In small groups, brainstorm possible courses of action. Groups can be assigned specific issues to address. Alternatively, all groups can be assigned the same prominent issues to achieve a greater variety of interesting solutions.
- As a team, discuss and agree on the most effective solutions. Compile these solutions into a final action plan. Below you will find a sample action plan for reference and a blank action plan that the Eco-Action Team can populate with their specific plan of action.
- Assign tasks to appropriate individuals within the team and across the school. Agree on measurable outcomes and realistic timeframes in which tasks can be completed.
3. Execution Of Tasks
- Set aside time for students to carry out the activities they have assigned themselves and notify other staff and students of the responsibilities assigned to them. Frequent check-ins and/or reminders are encouraged.
- If needed, provide training to staff and students on implementing the WOW-Ocean’s campaign, for example, how to conduct water quality tests so that data is consistent and accurately measured or how to handle hazardous waste found during cleanups.
- Set up the school for success. For example, hold an assembly or create a performance or art gallery to educate the whole school about the importance of our oceans no matter how far it may be from where we live.
- Communicate with facilities managers to agree on grounds maintenance plans that advance your goals. Involve community members or organizations with expertise in relevant areas, such as coastal resilience, waste management or migratory species, to help you carry out your plans.
- Set a review date to revisit your action plan as a group.
- Analyze how far you have come and identify what else you can do. Celebrate small successes!
- Schedule a follow-up WOW-Oceans’s audit, after your campaign or project is complete, to measure the effectiveness of your program.
- Calculate the costs incurred and savings related to the changes put in place, as well as perceived or quantifiable improvements in coastal and ocean health. This may be an objective a community partner can help with such as a non-profit organization or the local waste municipality.
- Add a section on the ocean in which your watershed eventually flows to your school’s website.
- Use the school’s communication channels (broadcasting channels, assemblies, staff meetings, morning announcements, etc.) to share results, achievements and development plans for the future.
- Prepare a school notice board showing infographics, achievements and ways for students and staff to get involved and take action throughout the community.
- Involve the local press and radio to let the greater community know about the school’s ocean campaign and how they can support your efforts.
- Collaborate with another school in the area to deepen the Eco-Action Plan’s impact.
- Create art projects from the litter collected from cleanup events.
Action Plan Forms
Sample WOW-Oceans Action Plan
Blank Action Plan (Word)
Blank Action Plan Fillable (PDF)