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  Step 3: Establish an action plan

  

          An eco-committee member leading the action-planning process

 

After completing the environmental review, the Eco-School committee can proceed to the next step in the Eco-School process: the compilation of an action plan.

The data gathered from the environmental review will highlight the environmental issues that the school needs to address. The Eco-School committee will now need to go through and prioritize these environmental concerns.

The section marked Action needed, Action to be taken and Cost involved (refer to the Environmental Review Checklist) can serve as discussion primers as well as good indicators for items to be considered in the formulation of the action plan. 

The action plan consists of a series of timetabled targets aimed at achieving goals identified by the environmental review.

The action plan should identify deadlines, persons responsible for the actions and (if possible) how the actions are related to the curriculum.

 

A sample action plan is given below: 

Action

Aim

Person Responsible

Time

Curriculum Link

Anti-litter poster campaign

Raise awareness of the 
anti-litter campaign throughout
the school

Junior Pupils

Month 1

Arts & Craft

Anti-litter presentation to 
school during morning 
assembly

Awareness raising

Senior Pupils

Month 1

Bahasa Malaysia
English 
Religion

Newsletter to parents 
about anti-litter campaign

Informing and involving the 
wider community

Senior Pupils

Month 1

Bahasa Malaysia
English
IT

Monitor litter in school

Monitoring activities

Committee

Ongoing

 

Display and update litter
graphs on the Eco-School
Notice Board  

Awareness raising 

Committee

Ongoing

 

Review targets

Programme evaluation

Committee

Month 3

 

Repeat awareness raising
activities

 

Junior & Senior Pupils

Month 4

 

Review targets

Programme evaluation

Committee

Month 6

 

Celebrate success

Encourage further 
participation in Eco-School

Whole School

Month 6

 

 
Make sure that …

If prior to participating in Eco-School, environmental issues were not considered a priority for your school, there is a tendency for the environmental review to unearth a large number of targets. Avoid being over-ambitious. Do not give in to the temptation to address all issue at once.

It is important that as pupils progress along the action plan, they experience success. Therefore, make sure that you:

a. set realistic and achievable targets,
b. distinguish between short, medium and long term targets, and
c. prioritize targets.

Remember that Eco-School award celebrates commitment to improve the school environment rather than achieving environmental perfection. The process is more important than the product.

When compiling the action plan remember that you need to monitor and measure your progress. Besides identifying what needs to be done, it is useful to clarify WHY are you taking that particular action and HOW will you decide whether you achieved your objectives or not.