Green School Audit
Green School Audit

The Green School Audit is a tool designed to help school communities audit their use of natural resources. It provides schools with the method to become environmental managers by assessing themselves.

The Green School Audit shows schools 'how' and 'why' they should learn to 'live sustainably' by assessing the school's environmental impact and providing ways to address it.

It is mandatory for all schools registering under this initiative to 'assess' and 'address' their environmental performance. Upon registering each school will be provided with a Green School manual; a “do-it-yourself” (DIY) guide that helps students assess the five key elements that comprise their school’s environment namely air, water, land, energy and waste.

This assessment will allow each participating school to identify where it currently stands and where it should be with regards to the environmental standards prescribed in the manual. The school is then expected to set targets and address its impacts and improve its environmental performance each year. This compare and address approach will steadily edge schools closer towards achieving sustainability.

Registered schools can also send their teachers for training workshops on how to use the manual and conduct the audit in their schools. These workshops also offer some useful tips in mitigation strategies. Announcements for these trainings will be sent to registered schools through email and shall also be announced on the website.

The following method is expected to be followed for the Green School Audit

  • Procure Green School manual for your school.
  • Send teacher from your school for training (if needed).
  • Form an audit team for each of the five components (Air, Land, Water, Waste and Energy) comprising of five to ten students, one teacher, parent, school maintenance and transport in charge. All audits should be conducted only by the students. Teachers may only provide guidance.
  • School Director flags off the audit process by students with a speech in the school assembly.
  • Students perform the audits using the step by step information and formats given in the Green Schools manual. They also share the audit results with rest of the school.
  • Prepare the Green School report card for your school, with all evidences to prove your processes and results.
  • Upload the report card in the online reporting system for the Green school audit or send it to the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi.
  • As the Green School manual incorporates simple mathematics and skills the students learn in the classroom, the school coordinator for this initiative can look at the possibility of integrating this process into the existing school curriculum. This will not only make the programme easy and relevant but also achievable within given timeframes.
Once the schools submit their Green School report card, which is essentially a self-assessment of the school’s own environmental performance using the results obtained from the audit process along with evidence, then the school will be evaluated by the Sustainable school assessment committee. The committee comprises Educational authorities and personnel conducting the Sustainable Schools programme from the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi. Short listed schools can expect a visit by members of the committee to visit the schools to review on the ground results.
Green Schools Manual
Green School Photos