What is Green Schools?

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Introduction

 

 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

 

 The purpose of the Green Schools’ programme is to make the school a more environmentally friendly place and to promote environmental awareness and  care amongst all members of the school community. When the school has implemented certain actions for environmental protection we can apply to be  assessed by An Taisce, and if we have met their criteria, will be awarded a green flag. At the moment our school is working to achieve its first green flag  which is for reducing litter and waste. You can read more about Green Schools on their website: https://www.greenschoolsireland.org/.

 

Aims of the Green Schools Programme

 

·  To raise environmental awareness in school, home and community

·  To promote respectful and caring attitudes towards the environment

·  To make positive changes in our day to day living habit that help protect and sustain the environment

 

 

How many themes (flags)?

 

There are 8 themes in the Green Schools programme. The first 5 themes are as follows:

 

1.      Litter & Waste

2.      Energy

3.      Water

4.      Travel

5.      Biodiversity

 

 

The process

 

There are 7 steps involved in achieving the first green flag award:

1.      Green Schools Committee

2.      Environmental Review

3.      Action Plan

4.      Monitoring and Evaluation

5.      Curriculum Work

6.      Informing and Involving

7.      Green Code

 

 

What stage are we at?

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