Seven Steps

Most young people genuinely care about environmental issues and are inspired to make positive changes in the environment around them. Eco-Schools USA encourages children and youth to take an active role in learning about and taking action in their school community.

seven steps

Eco-Schools USA uses a program of Seven Steps that involves a wide diversity of individuals from the school community - with students playing a primary role in the process. Use the menu on the left to find out more about each of the seven Eco-Schools USA Steps.

The Eco-Schools USA structure is intended to be a flexible process and one that any school should be able to implement. You are encouraged within this framework to implement each of the Seven Steps in the way that suits your school and situation best.

It is important that you have made progress on each of these Seven Steps before applying for one of the three Eco-Schools USA awards.

Award criteria are provided for each of the Seven Steps. The type of award you apply for will depend upon how thoroughly you have accomplished each step's criteria.

If your school has had great success and wants to share how you implemented one or all of the Seven Steps, why not share it with everyone on our Eco-Schools USA Facebook page? You'll need to be registered as an Eco-School to access this page, so register now!

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Green Ribbon Schools
Dept of Education 

The U.S. Department of Education announced in April 2011 the creation of the Green Ribbon Schools program to recognize schools that are creating healthy and sustainable learning environments and teaching environmental literacy. Click here to learn more!

Find Your Pathways
Using the Seven Step Framework to guide your efforts, Eco-Schools provides you the flexibility to determine which of the ten pathways to sustainability will best help you and your students meet their goals.  Learn more about the ten pathways.