The following criteria are used to select the Winning National Projects, as well as the Winning International Project.
Relevancy of the Problem Addressed: According to the aims of the project, it is important that the project addresses a problem that impacts the community.
Level of Innovation: One of the aims of the pilot project is to encourage creative thinking. Innovation is a decisive criterion in the assessment of each project.
Level of Improvement: It is important that the problem experienced by the school or school network is solved after the project has been implemented.
Level of Involvement: It is important to what extent the project encouraged people to participate and how this was achieved.
Level of Effectiveness: Students are asked to submit a detailed plan of their project before they are awarded a grant. It is important to know how well the school adheres to their project plan, particularly in relation to time schedules and budget.
Level of Impact: What are the environmental benefits of the project? Have people’s attitudes changed? It is important to consider the tangible impacts of the project, on the school and the wider community.
Possibility of implementing the project in other Eco-Schools: If other schools experience the same kind of problem, how easily could they follow the project and use the same solution?
Project Sustainability: How sustainable is the project? Will it achieve short or long-term results?
Dissemination Strategy: How well was the project communicated within the school and to the wider community? It is important that all schools, especially within the Eco-Schools network are aware of the project and benefit from its innovation and good practices.
Measurement System/Tool: Reports are expected to describe how the measuring sytem/tool was used and its level of effectiveness.