Twenty-two Kilkenny schools were among the award winners who received Green Flags from Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan at a ceremony in Cork on Monday this week.
The Green Schools programme involves schools in learning about environmental issues and taking positive action under themes such as litter and waste, transport, energy usage, and water conservation. The awards ceremony was held in the Silver Springs Moran Hotel, Cork. Green Flags were presented to 39 schools from Cork and Kilkenny.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Hogan expressed his appreciation of what is being achieved through the programme in schools across Ireland.
“I’m delighted to see so many schools throughout the country involved in the Green Schools Programme”, he said.
“The programme, run by An Taisce, is now in its 15th year and continues to provide a great opportunity for young people to learn that doing things in a more sustainable manner is not only good for the environment but also can help to save money. It is fantastic to see so many of our schools, teachers and pupils involved in the programme; working alongside and supported local authorities and others in the community.”
Over 3,600 primary and secondary schools participate in the Green Schools programme across Ireland, and over 2,500 schools have been awarded the Green Flag.
The following Kilkenny Primary Schools received awards this week: Carrigeen; Kilkenny CBS; Gathabawn; Galmoy; Graiguenamanagh BNS; Kilkenny Model School; School of Holy Spirit, Kilkenny; Mooncoin BNS; St John’s Senior, Kilkenny; Inistioge; Mullinavat; Coon; Goresbridge; Dunnamaggin; St Patrick’s, Castlecomer; Gaelscoil Osrai; Mooncoin GNS; Urlingford; St John of God, Kilkenny; Kilkenny School Project and Kells.
Many of the schools will hold their own personal ceremonies in Kilkenny next month to celebrate their winning the coveted Green Flag award.