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Creating an integrative assessment system for green schools in Iran

Abstract

Many assessment systems for green schools exist to guide schools toward environmentally responsible
choices. To identify a nation’s green schools, an assessment system must be developed for their selection.
When green school standards are lacking, measures must be created, including an information model
enabling decision makers to recognize these schools. The aim of this study is to create an integrative
system for assessing green schools in Iran and to develop scientific support in school selection, in order
to avoid hasty choices and to respect the selection of these schools. In this study, by using fuzzy multicriteria
decision making methods, the criteria of green schools have been gauged across 6 criteria and 15
sub-criteria, using a consistent testing methodology. This renders paired comparisons more reliable.
Ghazanfari and Mikhailov methods were utilized. To evaluate practical applications, the developed
criteria were used in assessing 5 selected green schools in Tehran. The integrative assessment system
with proposed criteria showed that green schools 5, 3, 4, 1 and 2, respectively, have earned first to fifth
rank in terms of proposed criteria for green schools. Establishing an assessment system and its application
through methodology limits incorrect choices, removes the green schools’ selection from the
domain of non-specialists, restrains subjective methods, and puts selection into the hands of professionals
and specialists with scientific support. Due to the need to communicate effectively, to engage
experts and to address the complexity involved in the assessment system for green schools, the proposed
.integrative system was designed to assess green schools.

Hossein Meiboudi a, * , Akramolmolok Lahijanian a , Seyed Mohammad Shobeiri b , Seyed Ali Jozi c , Reza Azizinezhad d a Department of Environmental Management, Faculty of Environment and Energy, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran b Department of Environmental Education, Payame Noor University, Tehran, Iran c Department of Environment, Islamic Azad University, North Tehran Branch, Tehran, Iran d College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

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