Through school-based action teams of students, administrators, educators, and community volunteers, EcoSchools USA combines effective “green” management of the school grounds, facilities, and the curriculum. Schools that are certified in the program undergo a thorough application process and succeed in organizing and implementing a comprehensive assessment of their school.
The Eco-Schools USA program is made up of seven steps, incorporating 12 environmental pathways that students can address in an effort to create a more sustainable learning environment. Once a school has registered and implemented these seven steps, they can apply for an Eco-Schools award.
There are three levels of the award system. The first two levels are the Bronze and Silver awards which are self-assessed. The most prestigious Eco-Schools award is the Green Flag, and it must be assessed by our staff or an Eco-Schools USA on-the-ground partner and renewed every other year.