Seven Steps Methodology

Groups are presenting their work. Participants are playing games.
Second round game is going on. Result presented by the group.
What is the Seven Steps Methodology? The Eco-Schools Seven Steps methodology is a series of carefully engineered measures to help schools maximise the success of their Eco-School ambitions. The method involves a wide diversity of individuals from the school community - with students playing a primary role in the process. The most important aspect for schools to remember is that every school is different, and it is therefore critical that a school fits the seven steps around its circumstances and situation and not try to fit the school into the seven steps. Some key points about the individual steps are below.

FEE Eco Campus is an international award programme that guides all third level institutions on their sustainable journey, providing a simple framework to help make sustainability an integral part of campus life. FEE Eco Campus leads to transformative thinking and can help enhance the curriculum and get the whole institution united behind something important. The Seven Step framework is used, and the only real difference is that the colleges devise an Eco Charter instead of an Eco Code. This Charter is a document which is a guide to environmental management on site.

   FEE Eco Campus is good for colleges because the programme delivers an improved environmental impact on campus, involvement with the local community, other institutions and organisations and financial savings. Moreover, this programme also delivers international connections, a method of embedding sustainability into the curriculum, the capacity to nurture and support intrinsic values (care, empathy, creativity, compassion), improved wellbeing of students and staff, lecturers and staff who are proud of their third level institution. The FEE EcoCampus is a long-term programme. The FEE EcoCampus award takes the form of the International Green Flag. This can be flown outside the institution or displayed in the foyer. However, it is important to remember that the programme is one of continual reduction of the institution’s environmental impact. Therefore, the award requires progress reports to be submitted annually and a full reassessment every three years.

The FEE EcoCampus was held in KDU Glenmarie Campus on the 11th till 13th of June 2019.It was held as a state level workshop where 10 institution and schools had joined this workshop. The main objective of this workshop is to guide the participants in order to achieve the green flag, which an award given to campus or school, which had taken efforts to be green and sustainability. WWF is the coordinator for this workshop, as they will provide various of training in 3 days.

This had been done in order to strength up the bond between all participants who had join this workshop, in order to communicate to contribute some ideas and help on each other to drive their own campus. The first until third step, where the first step is to form an eco-committee, the second step is environmental review and the third step is action plan. All three steps had been explained and some activities had been done for the participants to understand the steps deeper and clearer about it. Each team had been given different theme and the teams should focus on their given themes, thus relate the topics accordingly to the steps.  Meals had been provided throughout the three days activity.

The event started with the fourth till the sixth step, which is monitor and evaluate, curriculum work, and the sixth one is inform and involve. Everyone had remained the same group, which had been set on the first day. Various activities had been done throughout the day and one of it was, each team had been given a task to walk around the campus and observe the campus based on the themes that had been given to them. Later, each team presented in front based on the result. Several of activities done so that the participants had acknowledge the steps, where it would be easier for them to do it at their respective place.

On the final day, the workshop continues the seventh step, which is the eco-code. Each group had been given task to draw their own eco-code, which could be a logo with song, rhymes or poems, based on their own creativity. Before each group present in the front, games activity conducted by the facilitator of the workshop. Lastly, each group presented their ideas which was creative and mesmerizing, as well those ideas could be used by other participants once they had gotten back to their places.

The FEE workshop been packed with information and knowledge regarding the environment, and it makes us to throw some brilliant ideas that we could work out in their respective campus and schools.