Manchester City Council

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Eco-Schools is an international scheme, coordinated in Manchester by Manchester City Council and Manchester Environmental Education Network (MEEN). Both organisations have staff available to give advice and support to schools already in the programme and show schools that are new to Eco-Schools, the benefits of joining and how they can get involved.

Joining Eco-Schools is free and it makes tackling sustainable issues manageable and easy for any school, whether it's a children's centre, nursery, primary or secondary school or one with special status.

It is a great way to make sustainable development part of the life and ethos of your school. Designed to fit into the curriculum, Eco-Schools has an excellent award scheme that encourages everyone in the school - and its community - to get involved in making the school environment better.

Progressing through the awards - bronze, silver and green flag - will help your school progress and there are nine themes that you can choose to focus on. Each theme is unique and can be tailored to a school's needs and priorities. These are:

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Biodiversity
  • Global Perspectives
  • Healthy Living
  • Litter
  • Waste
  • School Grounds
  • Transport

For more information, to register or to complete the online assessment, visit the Eco Schools website. 

If you would like to learn more about the annual Eco-Schools conference we have a case study that you can download in PDF format.

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