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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
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
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.
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
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
image by Ivan Sache, 07 January 2013
"Correio do Minho", 15 December 2012, shows a photo of a flag granted in 2012
to a local school. The flag is somewhat different from the "prototype" reported
in 2003: the FEE logo has been dropped and the writing is placed in upper left
instead of upper right hoist, being "ECO-ESCOLA" (singular) instead of
Ivan Sache, 07 January 2013
Probably to increase confusion, I somewhere have a 2012 photo of a Potuguese
school and an example from Hamburg, where it is not presented as a flag but as a
kind of "repostero", a carpet(?), which has no reverse. The German variant was
white in 2011 and green in 2012.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 09 January 2013