WHAT IS GREEN-SCHOOLS?
Most young people care deeply about environmental issues, and wish to make a positive change in the environment around them. The Green-Schools programme provides an ideal way for fostering environmental awareness in the entire school in a way that links to many curriculum subjects. The programme is based on the EU EMAS (Eco Management and Auditing System) approach, and encompasses four principle aspects:
Green-Schools is an international environmental education programme, offering a well-defined, controllable way for schools to take environmental issues from the curriculum and apply them to the day-to-day running of the school. The Green-Schools programme is run by FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education), and is known internationally as ‘Eco-Schools’.
Green-Schools is now represented in almost all European Union Member States, and various countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, South America, Oceania, and Asia. There are also some pilot projects taking place in other parts of the world.
Green Schools in Ireland
Over 3,600 primary, secondary and special schools in Ireland (>88% of all Irish schools) are currently participating part in the programme and 2573 schools have been awarded the Green Flag. The Irish Green-Schools programme is one of the most successful within the international network. One of the main factors in the success of the Irish Green-Schools programme is the partnership between the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and Local Authorities i.e. the financial and time contribution of the Local Authorities to the programme. Most of the Local Authorities (City & County Councils) have an Environmental Education Officer (EEO). These officers provide the invaluable on the ground support to schools undertaking the programme.
Green-Schools is a themed and seven-step programme.
Green-Schools covers a number of different themes, beginning with litter and waste minimisation and followed by themes such as energy, water, travel, and healthy living. As your Green-Schools programme evolves further themes will be introduced.
Green Schools in Scoil Naomh Treasa, Bellewstown:
In Scoil Naomh Treasa National School we have received our third Green Flag. We have now been awarded flags for work in the areas of Litter and Waste, Energy and Water.
Litter and Waste
Examines the impact of litter and waste on the environment and explores practical means for reducing and minimising the amount of litter and waste produced by the school.
Suggests ways in which all members of the school can work together to increase awareness of energy issues and to improve energy efficiency within the school.
Provides an introduction to the importance of water both locally and globally and raises awareness of how simple actions can substantially cut down water use.
Scoil Naomh Treasa Water Code:
Scoil Naomh Treasa Splash Code
Water, water, do not waste, a precious gift, we can’t replace.
Water-wise, we are…At school, at home and afar.
We’re clever chaps…we turn off the taps!
Raindrops ain’t falling on my head…they’re in the barrel for flowers instead!
In your sink have a basin, to make sure you don’t go wastin!
Wasting water is not cool……you will learn this in school.
Scoil Naomh Treasa, Bellewstown, Co. Meath