Green School Programme
Green-Schools, known internationally as Eco-Schools, is an international environmental education programme, environmental management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole school action for the environment.
Eco-Schools is operated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) whose main partners include the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
We decided to get involved in this programme this year. We research what was involved and we are working on getting a committee up and running and keep following this page for more information. For other Youthreach centres that would like to get involved click on this link to get more information.
The Committee started with just two people. We wanted to make everyone else in the school aware of the effects of global warming and littering on our planet. We set about making small changes like checking the bins to make sure people were putting the correct materials into each bin. Then we checked how much we were spending a year on the bins, we thought of way in which we could cut down the amount of waste we were throwing out and decided on getting a compost bin to reduce the amount of food waste we throw away everyday and this will be used in the coming September. We believe it will make a huge difference.
Bartek and Maeghan decided to make a notice board filled with information on global warming and the effects it has on our planet. We made it simple yet it still made a statement. Ingar’s helped us out with finding out some facts and information and he became part of the committee. We finished it in no time and everyone was reading it.
We decided to involve the student council into the green schools committee in order to get more people involved because Maeghan and Bartek will be leaving as they are finished the second year and they will need people to continue there work in green schools for Youthreach.
Next year we are hoping that the new committee will continue to do great work and make changes with the amount of electricity and water we use and try to make as many changes as possible. We also have hopes to start a litter cleaning committee to clean up Liosban Business Park as it is destroyed with rubbish and we would like the place we go to educate ourselves to be in a more suitable and enjoyable environment to learn. We are also going to check out our local county council site for advice.
Check out our Noticeboard
We are back from our summer holidays and we are setting up our new group for green schools 2016-2017. We went on our first activity for greens school during the halloween break. Check out what Emily has to say about it..
Check out our new green schools page for 2017 by clicking on this link..