Green-Schools is Ireland’s leading environmental management and education programme for schools.Promoting long-term, whole-school action for the environment Green-Schools is a student-led programme with involvement from the wider community. The programme is operated and co-ordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce.
Whitegate NS have succeeded in getting flag 1 and 2. Flag 1 : Litter & Waste is the first theme of the Green-Schools programme. The theme is a great starting point for encouraging a sense of personal pride and responsibility in tackling two visible issues in schools and communities.
Flag 2: Energy is the second theme that schools undertake. This theme looks at the steps which can be taken to reduce energy consumption and raise awareness of climate change issues.
We are currently in the process of getting flag 3 for Water. Flag 3: 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.
Useful Tips to Conserve Water at Home: Turn off the taps when washing your teeth – you can save six litres of water Take a shower not a bath – don’t use power showers as a 10 minute shower uses as much water as three baths! Fill the kettle for the right amount – you can save energy as well! Use water from a water butt to water your plants Never use a hose pipe in your garden Always fix leaking taps Use your dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full, thus saving energy as well!
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