Tipperary schools awarded Green Flag for water conservation

Schools honoured for work under the Water theme, sponsored by Irish Water, at the An Taisce Green-School Awards 2019

Tipperary students were honoured for their efforts in promoting water conservation and awareness at the An Taisce Green-Schools regional awards in Kilkenny this week. The six Tipperary schools were amongst 119 schools nationwide receiving a Green Flag under the Water theme, sponsored by Irish Water, this year.

Tipperary schools awarded Green Flag for water conservation

Pictured are pupils from St Mary’s National School Templemore – Bethany Cooke, Rosie Bradish and Oisin Bradish and teacher Gail Cooke -receiving their Green-Schools Water Flag, together with Hans Van De Ven, Green-Schools and Marie Sheehan, Irish Water.

The Water theme looks at developing awareness around water conservation and how to effectively manage this important resource in our schools and at home.

Tipperary schools awarded Green Flag for water conservation

Pictured are pupils from Gaelscoil Charraig na Siúire – Ruairi O Laighin, Lexie Nic Craith and Will Shortiss – receiving their Green-Schools Water Flag, together with Hans Van De Ven, Green-Schools and Marie Sheehan, Irish Water.

Yvonne Harris, Head of Customer Operations at Irish Water, said: “Helping the next generation to understand the importance of conserving water is a key part of our role in safeguarding Ireland’s water supply, so we are delighted to be partnering with An Taisce’s Green-Schools Water Theme for the sixth year running.

Pictured are pupils from Borrisokane Community College – Aine Slattery and Niamh Slattery and teacher Caitriona Maher – receiving their Green-Schools Water Flag, together with Hans Van De Ven, Green-Schools and Marie Sheehan, Irish Water.

“We were very impressed by the creative and innovative ways that all of the schools came up with to save water and to promote awareness both in their classrooms and in their communities.”

The schools receiving Green flags under the Water theme were Borrisokane Community College; Carrig National School; Silvermines National School; St. Mary’s National School; Gaelscoil Charraig-na-Siúire and St. Anne’s Secondary School.

Green-Schools Manager, Cathy Baxter, spoke at the award ceremony: “It’s fantastic to be in a position to acknowledge and reward the efforts of the students, teachers, principals, parents and caretakers who have committed so much of their time to conserving water and to see the fruits of our workshops and events throughout the year.”

This is the seventh year of the partnership between Irish Water and Green-Schools to promote water conservation. Over 1,000 schools across the country have attended interactive Water Workshops and Walk for Water Events since 2013.

 

  • About Green-Schools and the Water theme:

Green-Schools (known internationally as Eco-Schools), is an international environmental management education programme, environmental management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole-school action for the environment, and is operating in 67 countries around the world including; almost all EU member states, Africa, South America, North America, Canada, Oceania and Asia. Green-Schools is an initiative of FEE (the Foundation for Environmental Education).

The programme is coordinated in Ireland by An Taisce, operated in partnership with Local Authorities and is supported by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment; Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government; Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Irish Aid, National Transport Authority, NPWS, Irish Water, Toyota Motor Europe and the Wrigley Company Limited.

Water is the third theme of the Green-Schools programme. The Water theme looks at developing awareness around water conservation and how to effectively manage this important resource in our schools and at home. Irish Water sponsor the Green-Schools Water theme. The support of Irish Water is important to the overall development and delivery of the Water theme and provides Irish Water with the opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to supporting the education and engagement of primary and secondary school students in water conservation and efficiency throughout Ireland. In addition, by supporting the Water theme, Irish Water is helping to enhance the delivery of the Green-Schools Water theme to schools.

www.greenschoolsireland.org

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