The green schools programme

Survey results 

Over 1,300 4th and 5th class students from awarded Green-Schools and schools that were not participating in the programme were surveyed across the country.

The results of this work are as follows:

  • Awareness and knowledge levels of the environment were very similar among both types of student (i.e. Green-Schools and non-Green-Schools)
  • Behaviour towards the environment was significantly different

Students from awarded Green-Schools drop less litter, take part in more local environmental projects, conserve more water and more electricity, and are more conscious of the environment when making a purchase than their non-Green-Schools counterparts.

  1. Green-Schools students are better “opinion leaders” for the environment, i.e. they discuss the environment with more people and in more settings, particularly the classroom, and provide more encouragement to their peers than their non-Green-Schools counterparts
  1. Green-Schools students indicated that their teachers were their main source of information and motivation regarding environmental issues
  1. Recycling levels of glass, paper, cardboard, and aluminium, as well as the levels of home composting were significantly higher within the homes of Green-Schools students
  1. A total of 91% of students within non-Green-Schools felt they could do something about the state of the environment. However, this concern was even higher among Green-Schools students at a level of 96%.
  1. The main environmental concern indicated by both types of student was litter