Five more Northland schools and another two kindergartens have reached important milestones through the national Enviroschools programme.
Northland Regional Council chairman Bill Shepherd said 71 Northland schools and five kindergartens are now in the programme, a school-wide approach to sustainability.
Four Northland schools and one kindergarten achieved "Silver" status last year; Kamo Primary, Kokopu, Parua Bay and Riverview schools and Comrie Park Kindergarten. They join just 10 others to have reached Silver over the past nine years. Kerikeri Kindergarten and Taipa Area School achieved Bronze status in 2015.
"Funded in Northland by the regional council, Enviroschools is all about young people designing and creating sustainable schools/kindergartens, ecosystems and local neighbourhoods," Mr Shepherd said.
He said the programme has its own awards system for recognising schools and kindergartens. Mr Shepherd said the award recipients are making a "real difference" to their local communities.