What is an Eco-Schools Committee?
The Eco-Schools programme does not only concern students and teachers but should also involve other adults from the community such as parents, environmental organizations, businesses and local authorities.
The Eco-Schools Committee should be the driving force behind the administration and management of the Eco-Schools programme at the school. There is no specific way to set up an Eco-Schools Committee: for some schools, the committee is formed from a group that is already active in the school, or is assembled from nominations by class members and teachers, or applications from interested pupils.
The Eco-Schools Committee is responsible for:
- Leading the environmental review, evaluating the findings and setting goals through the action plan;
- Monitoring progress and promoting the Eco-Schools programme to the rest of the school;
- Establishing links with the local community;
- Ensuring that all views are well represented in decision-making;
- Developing an Eco-Code;
- Planning activities for environmental theme days;
- Integrating Eco-Schools into the school’s development plan and teacher development sessions.
Who is involved?
An Eco-Schools Committee functions like any other committee, and should have a chairperson, a secretary, a treasurer and ordinary members. For example:
- Students representing their respective levels/a student body;
- A representative from the school council/board;
- Teachers representing their subject department/levels;
- A member of the school’s management team;
- A member of the non-teaching staff, such as the janitor or gardener;
- A representative from the Parent-Teacher Association;
- A representative from a local environmental/educational organization.
How often do we need to meet?
The Eco-Schools Committee should meet regularly, once or twice per term.
The minutes of each meeting should be drawn up. The diagram below presents some ideas that could be included on the agenda of a committee meeting, together with some questions that committee members should think about when planning for the programme.