Step 2: Environmental Review
The Environmental Review (also known as the Environmental Audit) is an essential tool to review and understand your school’s current environmental situation. It will also help your school to identify its environmental management needs and environmental learning opportunities. It will provide the basis of your Eco-Action Plan.
This is the first activity to be planned for and undertaken by your Eco-Committee.
This review will help you determine, for example, how much waste the school sends to the landfill and/or how much can be recycled, if possible.
This can be used as a good opportunity for you to take a look at all aspects of your school. In short, you identify your school’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT), and look for ways to maintain, rectify, and improve on them. Once you have determined what environmental aspects need to be addressed, you can establish priorities and set realistic targets to measure your success.
How to conduct the review
The school Eco-Committee should be responsible for determining a strategy for implementing your Environmental Review.
• The Eco-Committee will allot some of its student members the responsibility to plan and carry out this activity.
These members will assign a certain group / class to conduct the Review/Audit in detail.
• Different groups/classes must be assigned to carry out the review for the different Eco-Schools themes.
• Each group will be handed over the relevant ER checklist. A convenient date and time is pre-decided. But do not hesitate to seek help from other staff in school or outside school wherever you feel the need to help with the review.
• They should ensure including and keeping the whole school informed about the process.
• Decide on a Eco-Committee meeting date to discuss your ER results.
After the review is conducted
• Your Eco-Committee must meet to discuss your ER results
• Collate all results, analyse and discuss your SWOTs.
• Prepare your Action Plan.
• Post your ER results on your school website, publish it in your school newsletter, display it on the school notice-board, and suggest that teachers use gathered data in their lessons wherever possible.
Use the checklist below to identify the environmental management needs and environmental management learning opportunities in your school. It is not a comprehensive checklist; but it’s a start. Please add to it as you proceed with your review.
ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW CHECK LIST
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