Title Eco-Schools
Organizers Foundation for Environmental Education (Denmark)
Protagonists/target group children, youngsters, teachers, schools, local authorities
  • To raise awareness and understanding among students, teachers, and the wider community about environmental issues and sustainability.
  • To empower young people to take action and become responsible citizens, actively involved in shaping a sustainable future.
  • To promote a whole-school approach to sustainability, integrating environmental education and practices into the school curriculum, management, and daily operations.
  • To encourage students to become leaders and change agents, developing their skills, creativity, and critical thinking to identify and solve environmental challenges.
  • To foster partnerships and collaborations between schools, local authorities, businesses, and civil society, promoting social cohesion and collective action for sustainability.
  • To provide opportunities for students to engage with their local environment, learn from nature, and contribute to biodiversity conservation.
  • To promote a culture of sustainability, embedding environmental values and ethics into the school community and beyond.
Link to the source https://www.ecoschools.global/our-history


In 25 years, Eco-Schools have developed from a European educational program to a global model for environmental education and sustainability at the international level.

1992 – Eco-Schools developed as a response to the needs identified at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.

1994 – Eco-Schools launched in Denmark, Germany, Greece, and the United Kingdom with the support of the European Commission.

When the programme was launched in 1994, it ran a logo competition for Eco-Schools, for an image that would visualize environmental school education and student involvement. The winning entry formed today’s logo with people as the center of the programme, who are responsible for greening the future. This is symbolised by the flowers growing from the central person’s arms. The flowers symbolise both the environment that shelters and protects humans, as well as the knowledge gained by students who participate in the programme and whose actions help develop values, attitudes, and behavior towards the environment. The book in the logo represents schools and knowledge, with two different pages; the blue page represents the past, the history that one needs to familiarise with and the problems in society already created and need to be dealt with. The white page represents the future, a blank page to be filled with new knowledge and innovative experiences.