MORE than 130 schools from Cork city and county have received Green Flags for environmental work that has helped Ireland save almost €8m in energy savings.
The 131 schools from Cork received their flags from An Taisce Green-Schools at ceremonies at the Radisson Hotel, Little Island last week.
Now in its 20th year, the Green-Schools programme will award 994 schools across Ireland this month.
19 schools from Cork received the Green Flag award for the first time. Their work on the Litter & Waste theme of the programme has diverted 2,100 tonnes of waste from landfill and saved schools thousands of euro in waste charges.
112 Cork schools have successfully renewed their Green Flag under the themes of Energy, Water, Travel, Biodiversity and Global Citizenship.
Last week Midleton CBS were named Ireland’s Water School of the Year and Scoil Ghobnatan from Mallow were also crowned Ireland’s Travel School of the Year.
Cork schools have helped save 6.8 million units of electricity and conserved enough water to keep the whole county of Longford going for one year.
The financial savings made by schools through their environmental work are estimated to be in excess of €8 million.
The Green-Schools programme continues to grow with more than 3,700 schools now registered with the programme, representing over 94 percent of all schools in Ireland.
The programme is celebrating its 23rd anniversary internationally with students from 64 countries – 40,000 schools worldwide - now taking part in the programme.