Eco School Topic Areas
The Eco Schools Programme covers eight topic areas to help schools achieve an overall approach to sustainable development & global citizenship.
In each topic section you will find useful background information along with advice on how your school can make a difference.
Waste Minimisation & Litter
The amount of waste we produce is growing every year, so it's important that we all do our bit to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
Waste Minimisation can be very rewarding, offering schools the option of monitoring their litter and recycling, investigating their buying habits and researching material types and values as well as reducing their disposal costs.
Waste Minimisation & Litter
Promoting safe and healthy journeys to school can in turn help to reduce the use of the car and impact on the school run.
Transport can be an exciting topic encouraging schools to develop a walking bus or cycle train or even a school travel plan to encourage both staff and pupils to travel more sustainably.
Sustainable school grounds can provide a valuable teaching and learning resource for teachers and pupils.
Schools can develop various areas in their school grounds to make them more sustainable including, allotment areas, planting beds, outdoor classrooms, quiet or lound play and biodiversity areas. Many curriculum subjects can be made more exciting by taking the lesson into the school grounds.
Healthy Living in schools is about the physical, social, mental and emotional health and well-being of both staff and pupils.
Schools have an important role to play in promoting health and well-being to young people. This can be achieved through a variety of projects and activities for both staff and pupils.
Reducing energy has many advantages for schools including saving money, reducing the carbon emissions and improving the teaching and learning environment for both staff and pupils.
The whole school community can work together to increase awareness of energy issues and change behaviour to improve the energy efficiency within the school and at home.
Most of us take water for granted but even though it covers 70% of the earth's surface, it is still in short supply in many regions of the world.
Schools provide a superb opportunity for pupils to learn about responsible water usage, helping them to see the impact of everyday actions. We have suggested some simple steps to help the whole school community work together to reduce water usage.
There is a local and global dimension to every impact of our lives. The air we breathe, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the products we buy and what we watch on television links us to people, environments and communities both locally and globally.