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.
Millions of students participate in Eco-Schools around the world, from countries such as Japan, Ireland, Brazil, and Australia, but no matter where they are, all Eco-Action Teams utilize the Seven Step Framework.
The Eco-Schools USA Seven Step Framework is designed to be a flexible process and one that any school can implement. You are encouraged within the framework to implement each of the seven steps in a way that suits your school and situation best. Our new handbook will walk you through the process, starting with essential framing questions and one page "how-to" for each step in the process. We have also put together a resource toolkit, where you will find our most commonly used forms all in one place.
It is important that you have made progress on each of the seven steps before applying for one of the three Eco-Schools USA awards: Bronze, Silver, or the Green Flag. Award criteria are provided for each of the seven steps. The type of award you apply for will depend upon how successfully each criteria is addressed.
Step 1: Form an Eco-Action Team
Step 2: Conduct an Environmental Audit
Step 3: Create an Eco-Action Plan
Step 4: Monitor and Evaluate Progress
Step 5: Link to Existing Curriculum
Step 6: Involve the Community
Step 7: Create Your Eco-Code
View the entire Eco-Schools USA Handbook
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