Loreto students at environmental awards

Kilkenny’s young people shone as they presented their ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards action project ideas to the experts at National Youth ECO-Forum 2011- Young Green Entrepreneurs: Learning to Inspire, Innovate, Create this November at the Greenhouse as part of Innovate Dublin month.

Kilkenny’s young people shone as they presented their ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards action project ideas to the experts at National Youth ECO-Forum 2011- Young Green Entrepreneurs: Learning to Inspire, Innovate, Create this November at the Greenhouse as part of Innovate Dublin month.

This event brought together over 60 young people aged 15 - 18 from all over Ireland to speak directly with young entrepreneurs and business experts to develop youth-led ECO-Enterprise action plans for entry into the Young Environmentalist Awards 2012 before the project submission deadline of February 2012.

Students from Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny were among those who enjoyed an action packed day focused on Young Green Entrepreneurship. The innovative group generated green business ideas such as developing an ECO-Cabs service for Kilkenny city.

This Annual event, run by ECO-UNESCO, Ireland’s environmental education and youth organisation and held in The Greenhouse, Dublin 2 gives young people the chance to learn about and voice their opinions on green entrepreneurship. Participants took part in a pilot of a Green Business Trail of Dublin city supported by Dublin City Council, Cornucopia and Patagonia. Through interactive workshops during the day, young people got an opportunity to explore entrepreneurship, learn about green business and come up with their own ECO-Enterprise action plans which they will develop for entry into the Young Environmentalist Awards 2012.

‘This years National Youth ECO Forum aims to Inspire and up-skill young people in the area of green entrepreneurship and we are delighted to have two groups of young entrepreneurs presenting their innovative projects and companies”, said Elaine Nevin, National Director of ECO-UNESCO. “Entrepreneurial skills can be developed in young people through school and out of school project work to encourage young people to create their own businesses and be innovative in their communities and help support the green economy”, she added.