The Green Flag Award is an international symbol of excellence in environmental education and practice. We salute the actions of the students, staff and parents at Green Flag schools as they work to improve their communities.
Forest Heights Academy
Introduced a water catchment system to assist with watering their native plant garden and has installed a reverse osmosis system to supply drinking water to reduce disposable plastic bottle use. These Junior Junkanoo champions use recycled material for their costumes and art projects. They have also reduced can and styrofoam use on campus and plan to become a distributor for biodegradable products on Abaco.
Hope Town Primary School
Uses environmentally-friendly hand wash which is safer for students and better for the environment. They use grey water from the wash basins to maintain their ‘Give Back Garden’. The installation of low-flow water faucets and float valves for the toilets reduces water consumption. The introduction of the Cans for Kids recycling programme and undertaking projects to reduce energy consumption all help to reduce the school’s environmental footprint.
Man-O-War Primary School
Has worked towards creating an eco-friendly school environment by educating the community about the native and invasive species on their island.
Every Child Counts
Maintains a litter-free campus and has exceeded their energy reduction goal by more than 20%. This school impacts the community by re-using soap shavings, paper and wood to create and sell functional items and artwork, promoting the use of biodegradable utensils to restaurants, and by supporting healthy lifestyles, including the use of fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden.
Deep Creek Middle School
Made history in 2010 as the first Green-Flag recipient for The Bahamas. They continue to demonstrate commitment to sustainable living by acting to reduce waste. For this school, limiting the use of disposable products and recycling have become the new normal. This school places emphasis on sharing lessons learned and environmental best practices. Their students have hosted a variety of green activities for the local community and visiting groups.
Bishop Michael Eldon School
Launched a community awareness campaign which resulted in the promotion of Eco-Schools in local news media. It is committed to ensuring that the campus is litter-free, has conducted a plant inventory and is removing invasive species. This school has Implemented best practices learned from The Island School, including the construction of an aquaponics system.
Lyford Cay International School
Has created a biodiversity map of plant life on campus, and maintains a school vegetable garden which generates income to support other eco-initiatives. These include, a monthly carpool, walk or bike-to-school day, reuse of waste products, reduction in the use disposable plastic water bottles and cups, use of biodegradable cleaning products, encouraging the use of outdoor classroom space and promotion of environmental awareness in the wider school community.
St. Andrew’s International School uses
Renewable energy and engages the wider community through its recycling programme and Eco-expo. They have purchased student lockers made from recycled materials, reduced the use of single-use plastics such as straws in the cafeteria and use a rainwater catchment system as part of a water conservation strategy.
Temple Christian School
Has exceeded its goals for the reclaimed wood bench construction project, can recycling and energy-savings initiatives. Teachers have actively incorporated Eco-Schools topics into the curriculum through the mathematics bird house project, Spanish class skit, bush medicine research project and rake n’ scrape Eco-code song. Administration, teachers, students and parents, are working together, especially during the ‘team up to clean up’ event.