Step 6: Action Plan

The action plan is the core of the Eco-Schools programme and should be based on the priority areas identified during the environmental review.

How does it work?

The action plan will transform the priority areas into achievable and realistic tasks.

The person responsible for each task, any resources needed and a timeframe for implementation should be clearly marked on the action plan. The action plan should also specify how each task will be monitored and evaluated.

Once the action plan has been developed it needs to be implemented. It is up to each school to decide how many projects to undertake during the first year of the programme.

Remember to use SMART targets:info_scheme_SMARTWhat sort of actions should we plan?

The actions may vary from school to school;use the environmental review as a guide.

There is no need to be overambitious and implement big projects; sometimes a small and well-executed project can make a big difference. Monitoring and evaluating any projects/tasks is important for keeping track of their progress and working towards an award.

Who should be involved?

It is important to involve as many people from the school community and the local community as possible. There are often people in the local community who have a wealth of knowledge and expertise that they are willing to share. Linking to individuals and organisations in the wider community will help develop a greater understanding of sustainable development principles at local, regional and global levels, and empower students to create change.