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
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
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
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
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
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.