Getting started - Establishing an Eco-Committee
The Eco-Committee is the driving force behind the Eco-Schools work, its role is to:
- Ensure that the whole school is aware of the Eco-Schools programme
- Lead in carrying out the Environmental Review
- Ensure that everyone in the school community is represented in the decision-making process (as far as possible)
- Provide a link between pupils, teachers, senior management team, governors and the whole school community
- Lead in delivering the Eco-Schools Action Plan
The Eco-committee should include:
- Pupils chosen or elected to represent different year groups and the whole school
- A member of staff to support but not lead the committee
If possible, the Eco-Committee could also include:
- Headteacher or a member of the senior management team
- School bursar
- Other teacher(s)
- Non-teaching staff member(s)
- Caretaker or site manager
- Representative(s) from local authorities
- Member of the local community
The Eco-Schools programme is designed to be flexible. You should think about how it will work best in your school – for example, the Eco-Committee could be linked to an existing school council or it could be attached to an existing school club.
It is important to decide how the Eco-Committee will keep the rest of the school informed about decisions and involved in the projects that will take place. Using the school newsletter, school website or assembly presentations can help.
You don't even have to call yourself an Eco-Committee if you don't want to. You are free to be as imaginative and creative as you like in naming your action team.
The size of the Eco-Committee and where and how often it will meet is decided by each school, although it is recommended that the team meets at least every half-term. The Eco-Committee must keep a record of their decisions and the minutes of their meetings should be reported back to the senior school management team and governor meetings.