There is a Green Schools meeting every Wednesday in Room 14 at break time. New members are always welcome.
This year the Green Schools Committee are working towards achieving the Travel Flag.
Since September the committee has been conducting a travel audit finding out how students travel to our school. In the coming weeks the committee will be implementing initiates which will cut down the carbon footprint of those travelling to school by car through a park and stride system.
The committee has identified three excellent park and stride locations:
Location 1: Carrigallen GAA Pitch Car Park
Location 2: The Cornmill Theatre Car Park
Location 3: St. Mary’s Catholic Church Carrigallen
These locations would see parents safely drop the students (weather permitting) and the students would walk the rest of the way to school. This initiative would cut out parking congestion at the school and would give the students a 10 minute walk before school. The initiative will be started on Friday the 10th of February and will be known as Feet First Friday
The Carrigallen Vocational School Green School’s Committee has been working for last two years towards the awarding of the flag for water conservation. They were richly rewarded in 2015, not only with the Green Flag for Water Conservation but by being announced as Regional winners of The Connacht / Ulster Green Schools of the Year Award 2014 / 2015 which recognises the innovation and creativity of the school in reducing their water consumption. Four members of the Committee were invited, along with organising teacher Ms. Comyns, to collect the school’s second Green Flag and a cheque for €750 prize money. They were also in the running for the national overall prize.
The group began with an audit of water consumption in the school. Arising out of this, they began some water saving initiatives which included Hippo Bags in the cisterns of toilets, a poster awareness campaign, the purchase and installation of water butts around the school (the water from which is used for both the flowers and vegetables grown in the school’s gardens), participation in the worldwide ‘Walk for Water’ campaign and a calculation of their individual water footprints by 1st Year students. Coupled with the work of the Green School’s Committee, management also came on board and all water facilities in the school have been modernised and updated to the highest standards of conservation. Push taps (on a short timer) have been installed along with dual flush toilets and sensor urinals. A major leak was identified and fixed saving up to 3 cubic metres of water per day!
The Green School’s Committee comprises of Sophie Young, Molly Brooks, Niamh Butterly, Emma Finnegan, David Rawle. Norma Comyns is the organising teacher and she was assisted previously by student teacher Niamh Brennan. The committee would like to thank Mr. Conboy for his assistance and in particular would like to thank the school caretaker Mr. Brendan Greene whose assistance and knowledge was invaluable in this project.