Today at the Green-Schools Water Awards schools across Ireland were recognised for reducing their water consumption, raising awareness about water issues and involving their community. The Green-Schools Water programme is operated by An Taisce and is proudly supported and sponsored by Irish Water.
The Green-Schools Water School of the Year Awards recognise the dedication and innovation shown by schools that have been working on the Water theme and that are receiving the Green Flag for Water this year. Seamount College, Kinvara, Galway was announced as the Secondary Water School of the Year and Greystones Educate Together National School, Wicklow was announced as the national Primary School of the Year. Six other schools, three primary and three secondary, were also named the regional winners of the Irish Water Green-Schools of the Year Award.
Twelve winners of the Green-Schools ‘Be Water Smart’ Poster Competition were awarded at the ceremony for their colourful depictions of the ‘Be Water Smart’ message.
For the first time, six Green-Schools Water Ambassadors were announced at the ceremony. The new Ambassadors have shown their capability in spreading awareness of water conservation issues in their schools and wider communities.
Speaking at the awards was Green-Schools Manager Cathy Baxter: “Thank you so much to all our fabulous participating students and teachers who have achieved such impressive results on the Water theme this year. We’re particularly excited about the Water Ambassador Programme – well done to all our Ambassadors! We look forward to continuing to work with you all in the future.”
Speaking at the awards Jerry Grant, Acting Managing Director at Irish Water said “Irish Water is delighted to be supporting the Green-Schools Water programme for a third year. The success the students have achieved in reducing their school’s water usage and raising awareness about water issues highlights how important it is to learn about the value of water and water conservation from a young age.” He added, “I would like to congratulate all those who entered the awards, they should be very proud of their achievements.”