Monday 22nd February was a very important day for our Green School Committee in Esker ETNS. We had a visit from an inspector from An Taisce. For the past two years we have been working towards earning our second Green flag for Energy. This was a very long but rewarding task.
To earn this flag we had to prove that we could reduce the amount of energy that we use in the school. To do this we had to carry out an environmental review in October 2014 on the amount of energy that we use in the school. We then monitored this for 3 months. We had to come up with an action plan of how we were going to raise awareness and to change the attitudes of our pupils and staff to reduce the amount of energy that we used or wasted in the school. We then carried out another environmental review in October 2015 and monitored this for November and December. We did a direct comparison on these three months and found that we had used significantly less gas and electricity in the school compared to 2014, despite having more electrical appliances and more children in the school.
If you want to make the change you can do it. One person CAN make a difference. You just have to stay positive, stay focused and stay motivated. Our Green School motto is ‘Do what is right and turn off the light’. We want to reduce the amount of fossil fuels that we use to reduce the amount of CO2 entering our atmosphere and causing climate change. All of our children and teachers helped by making posters, projects, and debates on the issue.
The inspector was very impressed with the Green School committee. She interviewed them thoroughly along with our parent reps, Virginia and Farzana. The committee showed her all their work, our notice board and all the work that separate classes have done this year. She was very impressed and commented on their knowledge on the subject and their enthusiasm and motivation to make a difference to the environment.
I am so proud of our Green School committee. The inspector said that she will be writing her report this week and recommending that we receive our second green flag for energy. She also commented on how clean our school was and noticed that we are maintaining our first flag – litter and waste.
So now parents, it’s your turn. Ask your child for ways in which you can save energy in your home. Saving energy means saving money!!! Look out for our Green School action day which will be happening in March.
Congratulations again. A great big thank you to Gemma who organised and co-ordinated the very active and enthusiasitic committee, to the children, parents and teachers who made that improvements to enegry efficiency throughout the school.