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Green Flag Criteria
Green Flag Criteria
Green Flag
The Green Flag is defined by a set of criteria (see below) that help you decide whether your school has achieved the required standard. If you think you are ready to apply, fill in the Award Application Form and compile a report as well for submission to EACT. Normally, schools spend at least 1 – 2 years before they can actually achieve Green Flag status.

Eco Schools UAE Green Flag Criteria

1. Eco-Committee (hereafter referred to as the Committee)
• Pupils put themselves forward and are selected by their peers to be part of the Committee
• Students represent at least 50% of the Committee and normally chair meetings
• Pupils are given the opportunity to nominate some adult members on to the Committee including teachers, other school staff, parents, members of the community
• The Committee sometimes co-opts adult members or sets up Sub-Committees for specific tasks
• The Committee meets a minimum of eight times a year
• Minutes of meetings are kept under the joint responsibility of pupils and adults
• Minutes are displayed on a School notice board
• Reports of the Committee meetings are presented at School board / Parent -Teacher meetings
• Pupil members of the Committee are responsible for taking ideas from the rest of the pupils and reporting back results of Committee meetings to all the classes or forms in the school

2. Environmental Review

• Pupils and adults on the Committee plan and carry out an environmental audit of the school in consultation with some non-committee members. Specialists from the community maybe consulted if required.
• The school has recorded the results of the Environmental Review / Audit and undertaken a follow-up review.
• The school has produced a detailed Action Plan, including timescales and targets, shared the plan with the school community and updated it based upon the follow-up review
• The review document covers every area of the environmental impact (including energy, water, waste in the first year)
• The results of the review are collated into one document for display on the school notice board and website
• Pupil members of the Committee collect suggestions for action from school classes or teacher groups
• An environmental review is undertaken twice a year to evaluate overall progress

3. Action Plan
• The action plan is included in the school development plan
• Pupils on the Committee take responsibility for leading some action areas
• The action plan prioritises targets and fixes timelines
• The action plan shows cost implications and includes information about how each activity will be monitored, evaluated and linked to the curriculum

4. Monitoring & Evaluation • The Committee ensures that the monitoring of action is ongoing, appropriate to the activity monitored and some of it is carried out by pupils
• The whole school is aware of the progress of the action plan and is given the opportunity to evaluate its effect through discussion and debate
• The Committee meets to review progress and analyse the data collected. It builds on successes and decides on remedial action when activities are not proving successful.
• Some data obtained from the monitoring exercise is used for curriculum work

5. Curriculum Linking
• The school has a curriculum plan integrating a range of environmental issues into the curriculum across some year groups or classes in a range of subjects
• Aspects of Eco Schools activities are integrated into a range of subjects across the curriculum for the majority of the classes or year groups
• Issues related to sustainable development are explored through curriculum activities in many year groups

6. Informing & Involving the Whole School and Wider Community
• Eco School activities are displayed on school notice board, website, newsletter etc
• Displays of Eco School activities are put up for the local community e.g., at public events such as exhibitions, community halls/clubs
• Eco School activities are integral to the school and the whole school engages in a Day of Action (or similar activities)
• The wider community is involved in the activities going on in the school e.g. municipal authorities, businesses, NGOs
• Pupils write reports of activities for the local press
• Eco School activities are shared with other Eco Schools in the country or in other countries through the Eco schools website or other communication tools

7. Eco Code
• The whole school is given the opportunity to make suggestions for what they believe should be included in the Eco Code
• The Committee draws up a code from the suggestions collected and presents it to the school for approval
• The Eco Code is displayed in all classrooms and the school notice board and website
• The Eco Code is reviewed by the whole school every year to make sure it remains relevant