“Walk, Towards a Greener Future”
2009 saw the beginning of a new Green Schools initiative-Sustainable Transport. The school’s fourth Green Schools project, it would involve the reduction of carbon emissions through the promotion of sustainable transport such as walking and cycling.
While the new task at hand proved to be challenging, we remained committed to the continuation of our three existing initiatives: Recycling, Energy Conservation and Water Consumption.
The Green Schools Committee is actively trying to combat climate change but this year put a special emphasis on alarming, growing trends in transportation.
With this thought in mind, the Green Schools Committee set a task to the student body; to design a mascot for our school. Everyone was asked to decorate a shoe using any medium showing sustainable transport at work. This was the “Bling a shoe competition”.
Our first notable action in the promotion of sustainable transport was a “Bling-A-Shoe” competition. Launched in October, Ursuline students were asked to decorate an old shoe to evoke the Sustainable Transport theme. All the entries were used to spell the word “Walk” and this photo was used at a later date as part of the Green Schools campaign.
Another action was our “Walk on Wednesday” “WOW” day during the school year.
The Green Schools Committee-with the help of Ciara Hanrahan, the Traffic and Transport coordinator from An Taisce-launched the beginning of the campaign in May, after Walkability Audits and gaining sponsorship from Dunnes Store and Tesco. On the day, students were permitted to wear green accessories and committee members collected money from each student in the school which was used to buy bikes for our chosen charity, Self Help Africa. WOW Day proved to be a huge success!! Other actions throughout the 09/10 academic year included workshops, art competitions and a “Bike to Work” scheme for members of staff.
The Jack and Jill foundation will recycle your old mobile phones (without sim cards or chargers, you only need the battery and the phone) There is a collection point beside the Green School’s notice board to put your old phones into, so, if you do have any old un-used mobiles lying around the house please do send them in to us.
In May 2012, an Taisce awarded the Ursuline its fourth Green Flag, Jonathan Irwin, founder of the Jack and Jill foundation attended our flag raising ceremony and helped raise the flag.