Irish Water Green-Schools of the Year recognises innovation and creativity among schools applying for the An Taisce Green Flag for Water in the 2013/2014 academic year. Primary and secondary schools who have achieved success in reducing their water consumption, spreading awareness about water issues and involving their community in their Green-Schools Water programme were considered for the award.
Winners were announced in May 2014 at a ceremony in Croke Park by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan. Minister Hogan was joined by John Tierney, Managing Director of Irish Water and Patricia Oliver, Director of An Taisce's Environmental Education Unit to present the awards
Ursuline College in Sligo was the Irish Water Secondary School of the Year. The girls at Ursuline College placed a great focus on awareness raising within the school and their community as a whole, presenting to their Tidy Towns Committee and even carrying out radio interviews. Through their efforts they made an amazing 40% reduction in their water usage since the start of their involvement in the water theme, nearly halving the daily usage per person. They represented this fantastic saving visually by making a sculpture out of recycled plastic bottles.
Irish Water wishes to congratulate the regional winners for the Irish Water Secondary School of the Year Award 2014:
The winner of the Irish Water Primary School of the Year was St. Peters Boys National School in Greenhills, Dublin.
The boys of St. Peters carried out detailed monitoring of their water usage and increased awareness around water, not only in their school but in the wider community using an imaginative water saving superhero competition. St. Peters Boys National School achieved a 30% reduction in the number of litres used per person per day.
Irish Water also wishes to congratulate the regional winners for the Irish Water Primary School of the Year Award 2014: