Carrick-on-Shannon Community School green school committee recently celebrated a milestone with the flying of their first green school flag.
Awarded in June of this year at a ceremony in Claremorris, County Mayo the first green flag recognises efforts made by our school to educate the school populace and beyond around the increasing levels of litter and waste in communities.
Green School Coordinator, Tom Jennings said, “We have redirected considerable volumes of paper and cardboard to recycling, while centralised printing and the use of projectors have impacted on the generation of excess paper waste.
“Composting of organic matter produced from the canteen and home economics rooms is enthusiastically pursued by our new 1st years and our wormery is in full swing.
“The stringent guidelines followed by the committee and monitored by an taisce and ECO UNESCO with welcome guidance from Leitrim County Council environmental officer Carmel Coll ensures a solid foundation for the work ahead.
“The committee itself comprises representatives from all areas of our school ensuring relevant input and concerns are addressed.
“The new first years are a big asset to our team as we strive to maintain our litter awareness programme and to work towards achieving our second flag which has energy as its theme.
“Down through the years since we first registered as a green school we have made inroads into energy saving albeit often driven by the need to reduce costs at every turn. Low voltage lighting and automated switching systems are only the beginning.
“Some further projects may include a Geodome (A golfball shaped green house), A small wind turbine, Solar panels to complement our solar cell array and other sustainable technologies.
“Project proposals warmly accepted from students for participation in the Young Environmentalist awards should see our firm establishment as a leading green school on a national level.”