Green Schools Project
The community of Mount St. Michael Secondary School became involved in the An Taisce Green Schools Project in December 2003, when a committee was formed consisting of 6 staff members and 16 students. Since then the committee has worked very hard with the entire population of the school to promote greater awareness of environmental issues. The first phase of the project entailed recycling of material, litter clean ups, surveys and planting bulbs. The hard work of all involved paid off in 2005 when the school was awarded An Taisce Green Flag at a ceremony at their Dublin Headquarters.A flag raising ceremony took place on the grounds of Mount St. Michael in October 2005.
While recycling and litter continue to play a major part in our ongoing project, we have since renewed our Green Flag in both the areas of energy and water conservation. In May 2007, the school was awarded its second Green Flag, this time for its work on Energy Conservation. The committee worked to stress the importance of energy savings both at home and in the school environment. They carried out many surveys to establish how energy aware students were after which they devised an Action Plan to reduce energy usage. This entailed:
- regular monitoring of the schools ESB bills
- switching off lights and electrical equipment when not in use.
In May 2010 the schools third green flag was awarded for the project learned water. Again a new committee carried out the 7 ships of the programme to reduce water usage in the school and home.
New initiatives taken were
- harvesting rainwater
- reducing water used in toilets
- regular reading of the schools water meter
Involvement in this project has promoted an awareness of our environment. We at Mount St. Michael wish to continue, in the years ahead, to ensure the presence of the Green Flag.