Enviroschools is part of a growing community of schools in New Zealand and internationally who want to make a difference to our environment.
What are the Enviroschools Awards about?
The Enviroschools Awards programme is available to all active Enviroschools. The awards programme is designed to envourage schools to reflect on their journey towards sustainability, celebrate success and identify areas for future growth or development.
The awards programme involves the whole school - students, teachers, non-teaching staff, board of trustees and members of the local community - parents, local councils and businesses.
Participation in the Enviroschools Awards is optional and reflection towards an award can begin at any time of the year. Awards are one way of recognising schools that are striving to adopt a sustainable lifestyle and share these practices with the wider community.
What is the purpose?
To encourage schools towards becoming a sustainable community incorporating best environmental practices that will carry over into home/everyday life such as; conserving energy, improving air and water quality, protecting and enhancing our biodiversity (plants, animals, ecosystems), reducing our car trips or reducing waste.
What does the Awards Programme offer your school?
An Opportunity to engage students in group decision making and analysis of long term sustainability initiatives, reflect on the changes made within their school and identify opportunities for the future.
There are three Awards that recognise a schools progression towards becoming more sustainable:
The Green-Gold award is the top award currently available requiring a commitment to continuous improvement towards sustainability. A framed certificate and flag/banner is awarded to each school.
Creating a sustainable environment
Environmental education is much more than the core curriculum. It is about how we facilitate learning. It is about what we do to look after our physical environment, how we try to reduce our impact on the environment and how we interact with each other - education for the environment. Enviroschools compliments the New Zealand Curriculum (2007) and the Guidelines for Environmental Education in New Zealand Schools (1999).
Where to start
Enviroschools eager to reflect for an award should contact their local facilitator or the Regional Council on the contact details below. Schools should allow at least one full term to reflect for an award and plan for the participation of students, staff and community in the reflection process.