Schools in Kilkenny have been busy celebrating their Green Flag awards in recent weeks, as the flags return home from ceremonies in Cork and Dublin.
Schools from across the county attended attended the ceremonies last month to collect their awards. From Kilkenny, 12 schools were awarded their first Green Flag, while 12 other schools renewed their Green Flag.
The number of Irish schools flying the Green Flag now exceeds 2500. Over 260 schools were awarded their first Green Flag in reward for their work on the Litter and Waste Theme, and more than 860 schools successfully renewed 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.
The programme is coordinated in Ireland by An Taisce, operated in partnership with Local Authorities and is supported by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, National Transport Authority, NPWS and Trócaire.
Repak are the lead sponsor of Green-Schools in Ireland.
“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.
“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.” Congratulating schools at the Cork 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.”