Welcome to Eco-Schools Scotland
The whole school, pupil-led approach to Learning for Sustainability
What is Eco-Schools?
Eco-Schools is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world with 19.5 million children, young people and educators engaged worldwide in 74 different countries.
Eco-Schools is one of five programmes operated internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and delivered by Keep Scotland Beautiful in Scotland.
Completing a Green Flag Application is recognised by the Green Flag Award - a visible indication of your school's commitment to Learning for Sustainability and an internationally recognised accreditation for excellence in sustainable education.
We are grateful for the continued support of the Scottish Government as we deliver Eco-Schools Scotland.
Evidence for Eco-Schools is now submitted entirely online in our online portal. If you have lost your login details please contact us.
Climate Action Schools Year Planner
Keep track of your Eco-Schools work and our offering of lessons and training with our new Climate Action Schools planner. Printable on A3 for your Eco-Committee to write on. Download a copy here.
Applying for Your Green Flag Award
In this video, we'll walk you through the steps required to submit your Green Flag application on our Eco-Schools Portal.
The Green Flag Award
The Green Flag Award is an internationally recognised achievement for schools and nurseries committed to Learning for Sustainability. Flags can be seen flying outside our schools all over Scotland.
In order to achieve a Green Flag Award, take action on three Topics and fulfil our Award Criteria based on the Seven Elements.
The Seven Elements
The Green Flag Award is based on the Seven Elements, the core of the Eco-Schools programme in every participating country.
Eco-Schools has common structural features across all operating countries. The Seven Elements makes up the core of all Eco-Schools programmes across the world.
During your Green Flag Application you choose to work on three Topics.
Climate Action is our new core topic and all applications must include at least three actions per topic as well as one litter pick or survey.
As Eco-Schools is a pupil-led programme, each topic is chosen by the Eco-Committee.
Sustainable Development Goals
Choose one of the Sustainable Development Goals to make global links to your Eco-Schools work.
Through Eco-Schools Scotland, we would like you to join with the rest of the world in working towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Your Green Flag Journey
The length of your Green Flag Journey will differ depending on whether you are applying for your First Green Flag Award, Rejoining, or Renewing. You can learn more about the differences and what is required by clicking on the links below.
Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)
Keep Scotland Beautiful is a member organisation of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) delivering Eco-Schools, LEAF and Young Reporters for the Environment programmes in Scotland.
Formed in 1981, FEE is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation promoting sustainable development through environmental education. FEE's mission is to engage and empower people through education in collaboration with members and partners worldwide.