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If your school is successfully implementing all the Seven Steps Methodology of the Eco-School process you should seriously consider applying for an Eco-School award.

The Awards

There are three levels of awards (in ascending order): the bronze and silver certificates, and the most prestigious Green Flag. Each award is defined by a set of criteria (see below) that help you decide whether your school has achieved the required standard. If you feel that your school has met most of the required criteria for a particular award, then you should seriously consider applying for that award.

In your quest for the Green Flag, you do not need to go through the bronze and silver levels. If you think that your school has achieved Green Flag standard than you should apply for that level directly. When you apply for Green Flag, the evaluators are not after environmental perfection. The most important element in the Eco-School programme is its emphasis on continuous school improvement; stressing the process rather than the products.

Applying for an award

   a.

The most essential pre-requisite for your application is that your school has been following the Seven Steps Methodology of the Eco-School Process.

   b. Go through the list of award criteria and decide which Eco-School award you are eligible for.
   c. Fill in the Online School Progress Update Form (link will be provided later). The form will guide you to provide only the relevant details on your Eco-Schools performance, based on the award criteria. You will also be prompted to upload supporting evidence such as photographs, minutes of meeting, action plan document, etc.
   d. Fill in the Online Award Application Form (link will be provided later) and send a hard-copy to WWF-Malaysia. You DO NOT need to submit a separate report; we will carry out the evaluation based on the information provided in the Online School Progress Update Form.

Application for award  for next round will open in the month of October 2014.

Processing of the application

The Bronze and the Silver Award are usually awarded (in the form of a certificate) after we have reviewed the report you’ve sent, followed by a visit to the school by an evaluator from the Eco-School Steering Committee. The award of the Green Flag depends on an evaluation of the report sent by the school together with its application and a visit to the school by the evaluators. Most of the information needed to decide whether your school has been awarded the Green Flag required is already provided by the report. The aim of the evaluators’ visit is to provide an opportunity to discuss various aspects of the report with members of the Eco-School Committee. After the visit, the evaluators report back to the Eco-School Steering Committee – facilitated by WWF-Malaysia as FEE representative – where decision will be made whether the school deserves the award of the Green Flag.

Keeping the Green Flag

Once awarded, the school can display the Green Flag - a prestigious internationally recognized and respected eco-label of high school performance - in its foyer, or hall or on a flagpole. The school will also be awarded a certificate and the permission to use the official Eco-School logo on its letterhead and other school material.

The Green Flag award remains valid for two years after which you need to reapply to renew your award. When reapplying you need to review the award criteria once again and explain (in your report) how precious achievements were sustained and new improvements made.

Projected time-frame

A year is usually needed for the implementation of the environmental review and the drawing up of the action plan. Another year is usually spent in achieving the targets set out in the action plan. Schools are therefore expected to take about two years before they can actually achieve the Green Flag for the first time.

You decide when you are ready to apply for an award. However, although schools will be informed about the result of the application as soon as it is processed, the award giving ceremony will be held during the yearly Eco-School seminar/meeting.

Award Criteria