My Green School: Competition and Resource

The My Green School Eco-design Competition is an initiative developed by Open-City to give children the opportunity to get stuck into investigating sustainable school design and showcase their ideas on a national scale.

Who can enter the competition?
The competition is open to entries from all children aged 7-11 across the UK to enter either in teams or as individuals. Children can investigate eco-design and complete designs through any of the following methods:

  • In class at school*
  • In a brownie, guide, beaver and cub groups*
  • With parents/ guardians/ family at home

How do we enter?
The competition is free to enter, just follow these steps:

  • Investigate eco-design with your class/ child/ group of children and help children create their own designs
  • Complete the relevant entry form, asking each child or team of children to answer the questions about their design/s
  • Email or post the final design/s and/or photographs of the design/s and any extra preparation work you have done with the completed entry form/s to Open-City by 15 January 2011

Email: Address: Open-City, 44-46 Scrutton Street, London EC2A 4HH

What do we win?
Winners will receive individual certificates and prizes and winners’ work will form an online exhibition to showcase dazzling designs.

When is the deadline? 15 January 2011

Download entry forms here:

If you have any queries please get in touch with the Education Team on 020 7383 5722.

*All teachers who are taking part in the competition receive a free copy of the My Green School Eco-Design resource which gives step-by-step guidance to investigating eco-architecture with Key Stage 2 pupils.
*Contact Open-City to find out which badges the competition will help your Brownies, Guides, Beavers and Cubs achieve.


KS2 Teachers: Tackle sustainable design with your class

Open-City's My Green School Eco-Design resource has been designed to help teachers and their students to make cross-curricular investigations into sustainability and design. The resource suggests activities that can fit into your timescale – whether its one lesson, one day, one week or one half term.

Contact the Education Team to recieve a copy of the My Green School Eco-Design resource (see right-hand column for taster pages) to guide students through an investigation of their own school building, sustainable architecture and the design process, and to inspire them to create their own dazzling designs for an exciting eco-school building. This resource is packed with:

  • A step-by-step guide to investigating architectural design and sustainable design
  • How to use your school building for your investigations
  • Links to the curriculum
  • Activity ideas & session plans including learning outcomes & materials
  • Eco-design facts and figures

For more information or guidance email the Education Team or call 020 7383 5722. The resource is primarily designed for Key Stage 2 students but is easily adapted for Key Stage 1.



The My Green School Eco-Design resource can help you with your competition entries:

Click on the links below for a taster:

Section A:Planning your investigations

Section B:Investigating the school site

Section C: Understanding architectural design- introduction

Section D: Understanding sustainability-introduction
Sustainable materials

Eco-Design Competition entry forms to download here:



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