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image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 7 April 2009
It is likely that this flag is never used without the words FEE on some location on the flag. This may therefore be an archivexillum ("template design") of the Green Flag.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 7 April 2009
- Eco-schools website
- National contact organizations
- FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education)
The Eco Schools campaign
The Eco Schools campaign originated in Denmark in the early 1990s. The idea of making school children environmentally aware was later taken over and developed by the Danish Friluftsradet and the campaign spread to other European countries. The flag and logotype was developed by a French design firm. The flag is an award given to those schools that achieve certain goals in relation to protecting the environment. In other words, it is a companion of the Blue flag of clean beaches.
Source: Rolf Lindquist, Europeiska miljo flaggor [Lqu99a], Nordisk Flaggkontakt [nfk], No. 29 (Autumn), 1999.
Jan Oskar Engene, 17 March 2000
The Green Flag is awared to Eco-Schools as a mark of high achievement in environmental education and performance as part of the Eco-Schools Programme lead by FEE, Foundation for Environmental Education. Until 2001 the organization was called FEEE - Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe, but since now there are non-European members, the name was changed. FEE also awards the Blue Flag for beaches and marinas (presumably now they are also inscribed FEE instead of FEEE). Unlike the Blue Flag that is awarded for particular year and one which the year is inscribed in canton, the Green Flag apparently have no year on the flag itself (maybe because schools typically have less money to change flag every year then the marinas).
Željko Heimer, 17 April 2004
Eco-schools is a programme of FEE, Foundation for Environmental Education, which Secretariat is hosted by the Danish Outdoor Council. The Green Flag and Eco-schools symbols are copyright and owned by FEE.
Sérgio T. Santos, 15 July 2005
Eco-Schools is a programme for environmental management and certification, designed to implement sustainable development education in schools by encouraging children and youth to take an active role in how their school can be run for the benefit of the environment. Eco-Schools is one of the programmes of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE - www.fee-international.org) and, as such, it is implemented through FEE Member organizations (one per country). Currently, the Programme is being implemented by 46 delegations in 43 countries around the world, involving 27,000 schools, 6,000,000 students, 400,000 teachers and 4,000 local authorities.
Ivan Sache, 6 April 2009
Here is a summary of the available sightings of the Eco-Schools flags in the different countries partners of the programme - the list of the national contact organisms is given at http://www.eco-schools.org/countries_contacts.php.
- The most commonly used flag is green with the emblem of the programme in the middle and the "Fee©" writing in the lower left corner of the flag. Photographs of the flag are available for the following countries:
- Belgium (the programme seems to be implemented only in Flanders) http://www.west-vlaanderen.be/jahia_upload/leefomgeving/MOS/Digitale%20nieuwsbrieven/MOS-berichten%20voor%20West-Vlaamse%20basisscholen_aprilmei%202007.htm
- Croatia (as "Eko-skole") http://www.djecjivrtic-ivanic.hr/sadrzaj/kako-smo-postali-prvi-eko-vrtic-u-programu-eko-skole.php
- Czech Republic (as "Eko-skola")
- Denmark (as "Gron Skole")
- Ireland (as "Green-Schools")
- Italy (as "Eco-Scuole")
- Malta (as "Ekoskola")
- The Netherlands
- Poland (as "Eko Szkola")
- Romania (as "Eco-Scoala")
- Spain (as "Eco-Escuelas")
- Turkey (as "Eko Okullar")
- United Kingdom (with programmes in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales)
2. Specific, national variants of the flag
2a. Portugal (as "Eco-Escolas")
Flag with "ECO - ESCOLA 2007 / 2008" (on two lines) in the upper left corner
Idem with "2006 / 2007"
Idem with "2005 / 2006"
Earlier flags, reported below, had the writing on the upper right corner
http://hluz.no.sapo.pt/eco_escolas.htm "2002 / 2003"
2b. Slovenia (as "Eko ola")
The flag, for vertical use, has a different emblem, based of course on the campaign's generic emblem:
- There is a green ribbon, with a white left end and a blue right end, surrounding the logo, completed in base by the writing "EKO OLA" (green) / "KOT NAČIN IVLJENJA" ("As a way of life; in blue, smaller letters");
- The word "SLOVENIJA" is added, in green letters in the left part of the white book, to be read from bottom to top.
2c. South Africa
Flag with "ECO - SCHOOL" in the upper part of the white disk (2007)
Flag with the logo of HSR (Hålle Sverige Rent / Keep Sweden Tidy)
Foundation instead of the FEE monogram
3. Other variants
3a. Flag without the "Fee©" writing Finland
3b. Flag with "Eco-Schools" in blue in the lower part of the disc
"First Eco-School in north-western Romania" - the image seems quite old.
The same flag with something added in the lower right corner
4. Participating countries without flag sighting
Brazil - Bulgaria - Chile - China - Cyprus - Dominican Republic - France - Germany - Greece - Japan - Jordan - Kazakhstan - Kenya - Latvia - Lithuania - Macedonia - Morocco - Puerto Rico - Russia - Slovakia - Tunisia - Uganda - USA
Ivan Sache, 6 April 2009
Local version of the Eco Schools flag (Portugal)
image by António Martins
In Escola Secundária Rainha Dona Leonor, a high school in Lisbon, the Eco School flag is displayed daily, in an equal-height pole to the left of the national flag, which is hoisted only on Sundays and holydays. In the upper fly there is some more lettering: "ECO-ESCOLAS 2002/2003". This obvious varies in language and dates, yielding some 15 different flags each year.
António Martins, 24 December 2003