1. The Eco-Committee

Three eco committee members

The Eco-Committee

The Eco-Committee is the action team and the driving force behind the Eco-Schools work.

It must include:

  • Pupils chosen or elected to represent different year groups and the whole school
  • A member of staff (the Eco-Coordinator) to support but not lead the committee

The Eco-Committee should also include the following where possible:

  • Headteacher or a member of the senior management team
  • School bursar
  • Other teacher(s)
  • Governor(s)
  • Parent(s)
  • Non-teaching staff member(s)
  • Caretaker or site manager
  • Representative(s) from local authorities
  • Member of the local community

Flexibility is key

In a large school, trying to involve and inform the whole school can be very difficult and so 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 role of the Eco-Committee

The Eco-Committee is tasked to:

  • Ensure that the whole school is aware of the Eco-Schools programme
  • Take the 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
  • Take the lead in delivering the Eco-Schools Action Plan

The size of the Eco-Committee and where and how often it will meet is decided by each school, although we recommend that the team meets at least every half-term (roughly eight weeks). 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. 

How the Pod can help

The activities and campaigns available on www.jointhepod.org are perfect examples of the types of action the Eco-Committee can take to deliver the objectives set out in their Action Plan.

We've formed our Eco-Committee...what next?

Once the Eco-Committee has been formed, they need to conduct an Environmental Review of the school. Conducting this review enables the Eco-Committee to investigate what the school is doing well at and what areas might need to be worked on. This in turn will help guide your Action Plan and what topics you will choose to focus on.

Find out more about the Eco-Schools Environmental Review.