For over two decades Eco-Schools has developed from a European educational programme run in four countries to one of the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) preferred global model programmes for environmental education, management, sustainability, and certification at an international level. We now reach over 15 million students in 59 countries worldwide.  


1992 - Eco-Schools developed as a response to needs identified at the United Nations (UN) Conference on Environment and Development.

1994 - Eco-Schools launched in Denmark, Germany, Greece and the United Kingdom with the support of the European Commission.

1999 - Eco-Schools received the "Worldaware Award for Global Education" by North-South Centre of Council of Europe and National Committee for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development (NCDO).

2002 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and FEE organised a workshop on Eco-Schools partnerships for Africa, South Africa.

2003 - Eco-Schools was identified by UNEP as a model initiative for Education for Sustainable Development.

2004 - Eco-Schools tenth anniversary. The programmed had reached 4,487,807 students; 233,533 teachers; 12,640 schools and 1,661 local authorities. A total of 16,040 training sessions/seminars were organized by Eco-Schools' National Operators.

2005 - Toyota Motor Europe via its Toyota Fund for Europe, supports an Environment and Innovation Project. The First Cycle of this Project had the theme 'Sustainable Mobility' and was implemented in four countries: Italy, Germany, Spain, England and Northern Ireland. With the support of the European Commission/ManagEnergy, a movie was made on the Millfield School Project, the winner of the First Cycle.

2006 - Eco-Schools organised the workshop "Energy Education through Eco-Schools" with ManagEnergy (EC), in Faro, Portugal.

2006 - Eco-Schools International programme reach: more than 5 million students, 22,000 schools, over 400,000 teachers and more than 4,000 local authorities.

2007 - The Eco-Schools international programme - Quality, Standardisation and Flexibility study was developed with the involvement of 15 countries: China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England,  Greece, Italy, Ireland, Malta, Norway, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia and South Africa and Wales.

2008/2009 - Toyota Motor Europe via its Toyota Fund for Europe supports the Environment and Innovation 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.

2008 - A partnership with World Future Council (WFC) was established to promote and implement its KidsCall campaign - an initiative that advocates childrens' rights to a just and secure world. Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Malta, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa and Spain were involved.

2009 - The HSBC Eco-Schools Climate Initiative launched, a three-year project to empower students to become active contributors to reducing carbon emissions. Participating countries included: Brazil, China, England, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Malta, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, United States, and Wales.

2009 - Eco-Schools joined the Flick the Switch campaign (supported by the Intelligent Energy - Europe programme) implemented through FEE Slovakia/Spirala and FEE Slovenia/DOVES until 2010.

2010 - 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 relations with UNESCO” partnership.

2011 - Eco-Schools launces 'Connect' to map schools and enable them to connect. There are now more than 11 million students across 52 countries taking part in the Eco-Schools programme. Eco-Schools also signed an MoU with Earth Charter, a 16 point ethical framework for living in peace within a sustainable world,  through which Eco-Schools networks can further develop their resource base and schools will have greater support for initiatives.

2012 - Eco-Schools launched a new website, Facebook page and its World Days of Action!

2013 - World Days of Action 10 countries were involved in the April 2013 events - 263 schools, and an involvement of 117,561 teachers and students. CEE India joins FEE.  @EcoSchoolsInt is our Twitter tag.

2014 - CEE India launches Eco-Schools.  Keep Australia Beautiful launches Eco-Schools.  The Litter Less Campaign enters a new three-year cycle with 22 Eco-Schools countries involved and five YRE countries and a budget of USD 3.7 million. Green Earth Organisation Ghana launches Eco-Schools. Eco-Schools has a LinkedIn page. 

2015 - Flickr is now available for all members of Eco-Schools. Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) through their ISLANDS project, funded by the European Union, launches Eco-Schools as a regional programme covering Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius, Rodrigues, Seychelles and Zanzibar. The FEE Head Office launches the Eco-Schools for International Schools project, through which International Schools in countries with no Eco-Schools National Operator can join the programme!

2016 - Eco-Schools enters a pilot year project with Alcoa Foundation on Waste-Water-Watts (Alcoa W3), a global K-12 environmental literacy initiative focused on Green STEM.

2017 - 19 million students now participate in our programme. Eco-Schools Twinning is launched and run by the National Operator in England. All Eco-Schools can now twin with Green Flag Eco-Schools in England!