Eco Schools


History & Values of Eco-Schools

Historical milestones of eco-schools

First Decade 1994-2004


FEE developed the Eco-Schools programme after the United Nations (UN) Conference on Environment and Development.


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


Eco-Schools was identified by UNEP as a model initiative for Education for Sustainable Develapment, with 30 countries on board.

Second Decade 2004 - 2014


Toyota Motor Europe via its Toyota Fund for Europe supports the Environment and Innovaon Project Second Cycle, with the theme: Climate Change: Let's Save Energy!, which was  implemented in six countries: Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Finland, Norway and Denmark


Eco-Schools and its sister programme  Young Reporters for the Environment received the second largest sponsorship ever from the Wrigley Company Foundation for a three-year Litter Less  Campaign. FEE also formalised its connection with UNESCO through the NGO in official relatioms with UNESCO" partnership.


Eco-Schools launches a new website, Facebook page and its World Days of Action which later became FEE Global Action Days, with 58 countries on board.

Third Decade 2014

FEE signs an Mol with and Eco Schools now has access to its online materials about the SDGs. International Schools in countries without a National Operator can now join Eco-Schools under the coordination of the FEE Head Office.

Eco-Schools enters a corporate partnership with Alcoa Foundation on Water, Waste and Energy, and later adds Climate Change and Biodiversity! Thanks to a generous donation from Wrigley Foundation, FEE sets up the Emerging Eco-Schools Fund which provides countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with better opportunities to implement the Eco-Schools programme.

Eco-Schools is recognised by as a top innovation in Education. 68 countries sign the (25th Anniversary Declaration as a commitment to empower young people to take positive actions for a sustainable future. The programme celebrates its 25th birthday in the Netherlands - where it held its first NOM ever back in 1994 and it launches the first Circular Economy project for upper-primary schools.

Eco-Schools values


We engage in positive educational activities


We involve our stakeholders in the activities


We are responsible and accountable


We strive for quality in the activities


We use democratic decision-making processes

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