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How it works

Following the award of your school’s first Green Flag, each subsequent application is a “Renewal”, so-called as you are “renewing” your Green Flag award under a new theme. Schools must submit renewal applications every two years.

The application forms for all renewal schools are listed below. To use the forms you will be asked to sign up to the website using an email address if your choice; this will allow you to save your work on your application form as you work on it, allowing you to return to the form whenever you wish.

Schools applying for their renewal Green Flags (Energy, Water, Travel, Biodiversity and the three Global Citizenship themes) must first complete an assessment visit from a Green-Schools officer or Environment Awareness Officer before submitting their renewal application. The deadline for renewal applications is usually in March each year; in 2017 the deadline is Friday, March 24th.

What is a “renewal visit”?

A renewal visit takes places during the second year of your Green-Schools programme. Typically, the visit is completed before you submit your renewal application form. Renewal visits are carried out either by your Local Authority Environment Awareness Officer or by An Taisce Green-Schools staff. The purpose of the visit is so that Green-Schools can see you have an active Green-Schools programme in operation and that you have been maintaining previous themes in addition to working on your current theme. You do not need to have completed every step before the renewal visit, however this will need to be achieved prior to submitting your application. During the visit you will have the opportunity to show the assessor documentation such as folders, newsletters, posters, photos etc of your work and achievements over the past two years. To arrange your renewal visit please contact your local authority’s Environment Awareness Officer or Green-Schools.

The first step to taking part in the Green-Schools programme for the first time is to register with us using the form below. Following this you will be sent all the information you need to begin working on the first theme: Litter & Waste. Registration can take place at any time of year.

After working on this theme for a minimum of one full school year schools can then apply for the Green Flag award. The deadline for schools applying for this award for the first time is in early December each year. In 2016 the deadline is Friday, December 2nd.

  • If you have already received a Green Flag award you are registered with Green-Schools and do not need to re-register.
  • If you do not know if your school is registered with Green-Schools please contact us to check.

(Please note: you will be asked to log in to this website in order to access the registration form below.)

Guide to forms

  • Before using our application forms you must first sign up to use the application system. 
  • Signing up is a two-step process which requires you to create a username and password.
  • If you do not receive an email following initial sign up please check your spam/junk folder as it may be there.
  • Once the sign up process is complete you can log in to the website and view your application at any time.
  • We recommend that you use the forms with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers, not Internet Explorer.
  • Using the online applications will allow you to save progress and return to your form at different stages should you so wish. If you have any questions about the application process please read our frequently asked questions or contact us.
  • A guideline document to each theme, outlining the requirements of the application form, is available in the boxes below.

Application Forms

The Litter & Waste theme is the first theme of the Green-Schools programme. The deadline for applications for this theme for the 2016/2017 academic year was Friday, December 2nd 2016. For the 2017/2018 academic year the deadline is Friday, December 1, 2017.

Energy is the second theme of the Green-Schools programme. The deadline for applications for the Energy theme is Friday, March 24th, 2017. Please note: schools applying for Energy must arrange a renewal visit before completing their application.

Water is the third theme of the Green-Schools programme. Please note: schools applying for Water must arrange a renewal visit before completing their application. The deadline for applications is March 24th 2017.

Travel is the fourth theme of the Green-Schools programme. The deadline for applications for the Travel theme is Friday, March 24th, 2017. Please note: schools applying for Travel must arrange a renewal visit before completing their application.

Biodiversity is the fifth theme of the Green-Schools programme. The deadline for applications for the Biodiversity theme is Friday, March 24th, 2017. Please note: schools applying for Biodiversity must arrange a renewal visit before completing their application.

Global Citizenship – Litter & Waste is the sixth theme of the Green-Schools programme. The deadline for applications for the Global Citizenship – Litter & Waste theme is Friday, March 24th, 2017. Please note: schools applying must arrange a renewal visit before completing their application.

Global Citizenship – Energy is the seventh theme of the Green-Schools programme. The deadline for applications for the Global Citizenship – Energy theme is Friday, March 24th, 2017. Please note: schools applying must arrange a renewal visit before completing their application.

Global Citizenship – Marine Environment is the eighth theme of the Green-Schools programme. The deadline for applications for the Global Citizenship – Marine Environment theme is in March 2018 (date TBC).