This May will see the number of Irish schools flying the Green Flag exceed 2500 as over 1100 schools travel to Green-Schools Award Ceremonies around the country.
262 schools will be awarded their first Green Flag in reward for their work on the Litter and Waste Theme and 861 schools will be successfully renewing their Green Flag under the themes of Energy, Water, Travel, Biodiversity and Global Citizenship. The Green-Schools programme continues to grow at a remarkable rate with over 3600 schools now registered with the programme, representing over 88% of all schools in Ireland.
Schools from across South Tipperary attended a ceremony in The Silver Springs Hotel, Cork on 21st May. 11 schools were awarded their first Green Flag while 13 schools renewed their Green Flag.
The programme is coordinated in Ireland by An Taisce, operated in partnership with Local Authorities and is supported by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, National Transport Authority, NPWS and Trócaire. The programme is sponsored by Repak, the Wrigley Company Limited and HSBC.
Repak are the lead sponsor of Green-Schools in Ireland and Dr Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak commented, “Repak is proud to be the lead sponsor of the An Taisce Green-Schools programme for the last five years,” said Andrew Hetherington CEO Repak ltd, “In that time, we have seen major attitudinal change to packaging recycling, which is in no small part due to the Green-Schools initiative. Ireland’s Green Schools divert 12 tonnes of waste from landfill every school day. Since our sponsorship Repak has seen the numbers of schools registered grow from 1809 to 3676 since our sponsorship and the number of new flags awards increase by 1467.” Repak are delighted with the success and legacy this program creates for long term environmental change.”
Congratulating schools at the awards ceremony, Rachel Boyle, Green-Schools Officer with An Taisce said, “As the number of Irish schools flying the Green Flag exceeds 2500, it is clear the Green-Schools programme is having a significant effect within Irish schools and their wider communities. Our monitoring of the programme reveals schools are continually improving their environmental management systems as well as the behaviours of the student population. With continued support from our partners and sponsors we envisage the programme will continue to grow and exceed expectations.”