Our Children are Leading by Example
The Green-Schools initiative is an International environmental education programme, designed to promote and acknowledge whole school action for the environment. Green-Schools offer a well-defined, controllable way to take environmental issues from the curriculum and apply them to the day to day running of a school. This process helps students to recognise the importance of environmental issues and take them more seriously in their personal and home lives.
- Litter and Waste – a visible problem, improve the appearance and image of the school.
For more information check out: Green School Litter & Waste Theme;
- Energy – is the second theme that schools undertake during the Green-Schools programme. Addressing issues such as fossil fuels, electricity generation, energy surveys / audits, energy wastage, action plan to address deficiencies, measure success of actions taken, continuous improvement and maintaining the success energy conservation measures taken. For more information check out: Green School Energy Theme;
- Water – is the third theme of the Green-Schools programme and is sponsored by Uisce Éireann / Irish Water , and aims to support schools in introducing and implementing a sustainable water programme and raising awareness of water conservation issues. Water is an important resource and a sufficient supply of clean water is essential to the health of both people and the environment. For more information check out: Green School Water Theme;
- Travel – is the fourth theme of the Green-Schools programme with the ultimate aim of increasing the number of pupils walking, cycling, park ‘n’ stride, carpooling or using public transport, which will ease congestion by reducing the number of private cars arriving at the school gates and improve pupils’ safety, health and fitness. For more information check out: Green School Travel Theme;
- Biodiversity – is the fifth theme of the Green-Schools programme which aims to connect the school and the wider community with the natural environment and all the biodiversity around us and thus increase awareness of the importance of biodiversity and for students and staff to come up with ways in which we can help biodiversity. For more information check out: Green School Biodiversity Theme;
- Global Citizenship – Litter & Waste is the sixth theme of the Green-Schools programme and has implications in the areas of waste, water, energy, travel and biodiversity – however in this theme they will be examined to determine how the Green-Schools programme has positively influenced people and their environments worldwide. For more information check out: Green School Global Citizenship Litter & Waste Theme;
- Global Citizenship – Energy is the seventh theme in the Green-Schools Programme, and will require schools to review your energy use in the school and look for potential to reduce this even further while adding a global dimension to this theme – Climate Change and how it impacts both the environment and people all over the globe, in particular people in the developing countries. For more information check out: Green School Global Citizenship Energy Theme;
The Green-Schools programme is a themed programme, schools address one theme at a time, and if successful progress from theme to theme – therefore, for a school to be working on the energy theme they must have completed the seven steps for litter & waste and achieved their Green-Flag. As schools work from theme to theme they will notice that the themes overlap. Each school which has been awarded the Green Flag will need to renew the award every two years thereafter – showing that the school have continued to maintain the themes for which you were originally awarded a Green Flag.
The Green-Schools programme can help schools to:
- Improve the School environment;
- Reduce litter and waste;
- Reduce fuel bills;
- Increase environmental and biodiversity awareness;
- Involve the local community;
- Create links with other schools in Ireland and abroad;
The Green Schools programme can facilitate sustainable development at a local level; pupils are encouraged to take an active role in devising practical steps to reduce the environmental impact of their school. This in turn leads to learning beyond the classroom and helps children develop responsible attitudes to their environment while in school, in the home or wherever they go.
Remember Green-Schools is a long-term programme, once a school receives the Green Flag it can be flown outside the school or displayed in a foyer.
Kildare County Council will support schools participating in the Green Schools Programme, the environment awareness officer for the Council works very closely with the schools in this regard.