Become a member
In order to become an accredited member of GSS, schools need to be able to demonstrate a serious commitment to environmental sustainability. This involves performing a detailed self- assessment of the school’s current environmental policies and practices, as explained below.
The Application Process
Register for a free account
Register your interest in becoming a Green Standard School by clicking on the Register button and sending us a simple form.
Complete our application and self-assessment forms
Fill in our online application form, which has two sections.
The first section provides us with a little more information about your school; the second will assess your current environmental practices.
This second section consists of 50 Yes/No questions. If you answer Yes, you will then be asked to provide something to help us verify your statement. This something could be a document, a comment a link, whatever you think is most appropriate.
Section two will automatically generate a score, with a maximum of 200 points available. To qualify as a Green Standard School you will need to obtain a minimum of 130 points.
Submit your completed application form and someone from our team will check through it.
If you qualify for accreditation, we will ask you to sign a membership agreement and pay the corresponding fee. Once we have received the agreement and fee, you will receive various items from us including:
- A certificate showing your accreditation
- Copies of our logo to use on your website, social media and so on
- A report on your application form, suggesting areas you may like to work on
- A log-in to our members site where you will find various resources including a range of teaching materials
Please note: you will need to revise the application form annually, but each time should be a lot easier and faster.
Sample questions from the self-assessment form
To show you how the self-assessment form works, here are the first three questions, which come from the section on Energy.
The text in the green boxes explains why we're asking these questions, and also suggests the sort of evidence we would like you to send us if you answer 'Yes'.
1. Do you monitor and record the amount of energy you use in your school?
2. Have you undertaken to reduce your total energy consumption each year?
3. Does your electricity supplier guarantee to generate some or all of its electricity from renewable sources?
Annual membership fees
Please note that schools that are members of certain national or international associations of language schools will be eligible for a discount on these fees.
Please contact us for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Band||Turnover from previous fiscal year||Membership fee|
|A||Less than €500.000||€400|
|B||Between €500.000 and €1.000.000||€600|
|C||More than €1.000.000||€800|