What is Green Schools?
Green-Schools is an international environmental education programme,environmental management system and award scheme that promotes whole school action towards a sustainable environment through the implementation of the Seven Step methodology.
Pobalscoil Neasáin started its Green Schools Programme in 2013 and its goal was to achieve Green School status under the theme of Litter and Waste.
Prior to Green Schools 100% of our waste went to landfill, we now have a whole school recycling initiative that is now recycling 105,000 litres of waste
(440 domestic green bins per annum).
There are now recycle bins in every room in our school as well as all our base areas. We have also have a WEEE, battery, mobile phone and ink cartridge
collection point that can be used by both staff and students. In 2014 we recycled 340 batteries, 18 TV’s, 22 PC’S and numerous other domestic
We carry out regular school and community clean up’s as part of our Transition Year Environmental Awareness Programme. Green Schools has only been able to succeed because of the help and support that has been given from all our staff and students and our caretakers Prim and Noel. We hope to have our flag awarded in May 2015.
Green Schools in Ireland
Green-Schools in Ireland is operated and co-ordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce (FEE member for Ireland), in partnership with Local Authorities throughout the Country, is supported by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and is sponsored by the Wrigley Company Ltd. Over 3,800 primary, secondary and special schools in Ireland (>93% of all Irish schools) are currently participating part in the programme and 2991 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.
Pobalscoil Neasain’s Entry to Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
‘One Good Idea’ competition.
How schools can help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels by incentivising the use of Electric Vehicles and how Pobalscoil Neasain can reduce its carbon footprint, water usage and save money.
Students involved are David Farrelly, Paul Herron Christopher Yeates, Lucy Barret Erin O’ Rourke and Niamh Thornberry.