In November 2015, Loreto College, Cavan established their Green Schools committee. Having succeeded in obtaining their first green flag for Litter and Waste, they then focused on achieving their second flag, which promotes Energy Efficiency.
Published on: 16 Jun 2017
Their dedicated committee organised poster competitions and a quiz for the whole school in an attempt to make students more aware of their efforts to save energy. They also organised an ‘Energy Week’ in the school, with daily meter readings taken on a daily basis to calculate energy usage in the school, while teachers and students were encouraged to be more careful in their use of electricity.
The school received help and guidance from many sources as part of their energy project. Angela Fitzpatrick from Cavan County Council helped the school prepare their plan, Kieran Callaghan the school electrician, showed the students how to read the meters, and Conor Craven from Cavan County Council met with the committee to review their work, providing further guidance on what work was required to achieve the green flag.
The school received funding from Cavan County Council under Local Agenda 21, and this was used to help fund activities in the school that involved all year groups. In April 2017, the school welcomed Cathal Boylan from Cavan County Council who carried out the final assessment and offered further advice on their project.
In May 2017, the students were rewarded for their hard work when they were awarded the Green Flag for Energy.
Photo caption: The Loreto College Green Schools Committee, pictured with teachers Ms O’Gorman and Ms Buckley on a recent visit to Mount Lucas Wind Farm.