IT’S that time of year again for the wearing of the green – and am impressive 38 Kilkenny schools received Green Flags at a local ceremony this month. Fifteen schools were awarded Green Flags for the first time and a further 23 schools renewed their flags.
The Green Flag is a recognised international symbol of a school’s efforts at environmental management and is awarded to schools for tackling litter and waste, conserving energy and water, promoting sustainable travel, biodiversity and citizenship, and combating climate change.
There are currently over 3,500 schools taking part in the programme across Ireland, and 150 schools have registered with Green-Schools since the beginning of this academic year alone. Schools that partake in the programme have the opportunity to improve their environmental performance along with making financial savings through the reduction of waste disposal charges, energy bills and water charges.
The Green-Schools programme is coordinated in Ireland by An Taisce, operated in partnership with Local Authorities and is supported by the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Department of Transport and the National Transport Authority. The programme is sponsored by Repak, ESB Independent Energy and the Wrigley Company Limited.