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Praise for top 1,000 green schools

  • Published: Friday, 12 February 2010

Over 1,000 schools in England have now won a Green Flag Award. The award is the highest achievement in the eco-schools programme.

Britain's greenest schools celebrate

Recent eco-schools award winners met with Minister for Food, Farming and the Environment Jim Fitzpatrick at Kew Gardens at an event to celebrate their achievements. The schoolchildren had helped their schools to win a Green Flag Award.

About the eco-schools programme

Over 60 per cent of schools in England (some 13,500) are eco-schools. The eco-schools programme helps them become more energy efficient. Schools that sign up to the programme go through the following steps:

  • pupils carry out an environmental audit of their school (checking to see where they waste most, and what they can improve)
  • pupils complete projects in areas where the school has room to improve (such as water saving or waste reduction schemes)
  • by running these projects, pupils win awards for their school, ranging from bronze to the highest award, the Green Flag

To gain a Green Flag, pupils must run a major project that dramatically affects their school's ability to be sustainable.

Local projects with a global reach

Sally Litherland at Leaden Hall Primary School said: "We are incredibly proud of our Green Flag Award. The whole school has worked hard to achieve it, not just a group of pupils or teachers. Thanks to the structure and support of the eco-schools programme, schools like us have been able to create a generation of environmentally conscious young people."

Thousands of schools have taken part in the eco-schools programme, which has a global reach. Started in Europe in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education, it has now spread to 46 countries across the world.

In the UK it is administered by:

  • Keep Britain Tidy - England
  • Tidy Northern Ireland - Northern Ireland
  • Keep Scotland Beautiful - Scotland
  • Keep Wales Tidy - Wales

More on Directgov

There is lots more information about greener lifestyles in the 'Environment and greener living' section of Directgov. To find out more, follow the links below.

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