Green Schools

The Green-Schools programme can help schools to:

  • Improve the School environment
  • Reduce litter and waste
  • Reduce fuel bills and energy usage
  • Reduce water consumption
  • Promote car free travel to school
  • Increase environmental awareness
  • Involve the local community
  • Gain local publicity
  • Create links with other schools in Ireland and abroad

Green-Schools is run by An Taisce in co-operation with Local Authorities throughout Ireland and is sponsored by Coca-Cola Bottlers Ireland Ltd. and The Wrigley Company Ltd. Green-Schools is an initiative of FEE and is referred to internationally as Eco-Schools.

Green Flags Awarded in Wicklow

  • All Saints National School, Carnew
  • Aravon National School, Bray
  • Arklow Boys National School
  • Blessington Community College
  • Bray Adult Learning Centre
  • Bray School Project National School
  • Carnew National School
  • Carysfort National School, Arklow
  • Colaiste Bhride, Carnew
  • Crossbridge National School
  • Delgany National School
  • Donard National School
  • Festina Lente Foundation, Bray
  • Gaelscoil Chill Mhantain, Rathnew
  • Gaelscoil Ui Cheadaigh, Bray
  • Hollywood National School
  • Holy Rosary National School, Wicklow Town
  • Jonathan Swift School, Dunlavin
  • Kilcommon National School, Tinahely
  • Kilmacanogue National School
  • Moneystown National School
  • Nun's Cross National School, Ashford
  • Our Lady's National School, Rathdrum
  • Rathdrum Boys National School
  • Roundwood National School
  • Sacred Heart National School, Aughrim
  • Scoil Chaoimhin Naofa, Laragh
  • Scoil Chonglais, Baltinglass
  • Scoil Chualann, Bray
  • Scoil Mhuire, Stratford on Slaney
  • Scoil Mhuire na nAird, Shillelagh
  • Scoil Mhuire Realt na Mara, Brittas Bay
  • Scoil Naofa Padraig, Avoca
  • Shillelagh National School
  • St. Anthony's National School, Kilcoole
  • St. Brigid's Girls National School, Kilcoole
  • St. Brigid's Girls National School, NewtownMountKennedy
  • St. Brigid's National School, Greystones
  • St. Brigid's National School, Annacurragh
  • St. Cronan's Boys National School, Bray
  • St. Ernan's Boys National School, Rathnew
  • St. Fergal's Senior National School, Bray
  • St. Francis National School, Newcastle
  • St. Joseph's Boys National School, NewtownMountKennedy
  • St. Joseph's Girls National School, Rathnew
  • St. Joseph's National School, Glenealy
  • St. Joseph's National School, Templerainey, Arklow
  • St. Kevin's National School, Greystones
  • St. Laurence's National School, Greystones
  • St. Mary and Gerard's National School, Enniskerry
  • St. Mary's College, Arklow
  • St. Mary's Junior National School, Blessington
  • St. Mary's Senior National School, Blessington
  • St. Mary's National School, Coolfancy
  • St. Michael's Girls National School, Arklow
  • St. Patrick's Loreto National School, Bray
  • St. Patrick's National School, Curtlestown, Enniskerry
  • St. Patrick's National School, Greystones
  • St. Philomena's National School, Bray
  • St. Saviour's National School, Rathdrum
  • Stratford Lodge National School, Baltinglass
  • Tinahely National School
  • Wicklow Educate Together National School, Wicklow Town
  • Wicklow Montessori School, Wicklow Town

In Wicklow there are 107 educational facilities registered in Green Schools. 90% of primary and secondary schools are registered. There is also a growing number of adult education and specialist educational facilities participating in the programme. In Ireland there are over 1,600 Primary and Secondary schools participating - over a third of all our schools.

The Seven Steps

  1. Green-Schools Committee
    This directs the school's involvement in the project. Ideally, the committee includes pupils, teachers, non-teaching staff, management and parents.
  2. Environmental Review
    A process of examining the schools environmental impacts in order to identify targets for action and improvement.
  3. Action Plan
    This gives specific and achievable targets with proposed completion dates that will show real success.
  4. Monitoring and Evaluation
    This will ensure that progress towards targets is checked, amendments made when necessary and success celebrated.
  5. Curriculum Work
    Curriculum materials are provided that give ideas on how to integrate environmental issues into lessons.
  6. Informing and Involving
    A publicity programme keeps the school and wider community involved and informed through displays, assemblies and press coverage. A Day of Action involves the whole school and wider community in meeting your targets.
  7. Green Code
    This is a statement of the schools commitment to environmental good habits.

Green-Schools is a long-term programme, the award needs to be renewed every two years. The award is in the form of a Green Flag that can be flown outside the school or displayed in a foyer. Award winners will also receive a certificate, a logo to display on headed notepaper, and other publicity material.

The Environmental Awareness Office of Wicklow County Council is working in partnership to promote and assist Green Schools. For more information contact the the Environmental Awareness Office at eao@wicklowcoco.ie  or visit the Greenschools website