This grant is funded by the Community, Culture & Placemaking Directorate of Cork City Council as part of its Waste Prevention Programme and its commitments under the Southern Region Waste Management Plan 2015-2021 (Ref: Action Policies B.1.2 and B.2.).
This scheme aims to support Cork city groups to implement waste prevention, re-use and repair activities in their local community and to encourage partnership between local businesses, schools, charities, community and voluntary groups.
Essentially waste prevention a process of re-thinking how we do things in order not to create waste. Preventing waste is about finding ways to keep items in use longer and not generating as much waste in the first place. It’s about:
but most of all:
Bishopstown Community School
Churchfield Community Trust (Green Spine Initiative)
Churchfield Community Trust (Sli na Sláinte)
Cork Community Art Link
Cork Community Bikes
Cork Volunteer Centre CLG
Douglas Tidy Towns
Glanmire Community School
Greenmount National School
Mayfield Integrated Community Development Project
Newbury House Family Centre CLG
North Monastery Secondary School
St Brendan’s Day Centre
St Paul’s School
St Stephens Sustainable Food Lab
Sunday's Well GNS
Upper Glanmire Community Association
The national SuperValu Tidy Towns competition is an annual contest organised by the Department of Rural and Community Development.
The competition involves participating areas being rated on all aspects of their local environment and prizes awarded to the best under many different categories. The overall winner is “Ireland’s Tidiest Town”, which is announced at a national ceremony in September each year.
With progress monitored and detailed feedback provided year on year, most participants initially enter the competition to generate interest in the environment in their community and create a solid platform on which to raise issues with the relevant authorities. Over time, the areas attain a standard where competing for major prizes is within reach.
Entry is now closed for the 2021 competition.
For more information, see www.tidytowns.ie
Green Schools is an international education programme and award scheme that promotes long-term, whole-school action for the environment. In Ireland, the programme is run by An Taisce assisted by local authorities.
Unlike a once-off project, Green Schools is a long-term programme that seeks to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life of a school. Schools focus on issues such as waste and litter management, energy, water, sustainable transport, biodiversity and Global Citizenship.
A key part of the programme is children’s involvement in the decision-making process through Green Schools committees that are made up of students, teachers and non-teaching staff, supported by parents. It fosters a strong sense of citizenship and leadership among participants that spreads far outside the school into the wider community.
The award takes the form of a prestigious Green Flag that can be flown outside the school and must be renewed every two years.
Any school in the Cork City Council administrative area wishing to join the Green Schools Programme for the first time or reactivate their Green Schools Programme are invited to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be monthly zoom meetings for teachers in Cork City Schools active in the Green Schools Programme from September 2021.
First Thursday of month: First Flag Thursdays (schools working towards their first flag)
First Tuesday of month: Renewal Tuesdays (schools working to renew their flag)
Contact email@example.com to register
Cork City Council supports An Taisce in the operation of the programme in Cork City. To become involved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information see:
The following resources may be of assistance to Green Schools in Cork City:
The Community Environment Action Fund is provided for small-scale environmental projects in Cork city. It supports communities and groups who are involved in sustainable development projects that reduce waste, promote biodiversity, address climate change, improve air and water quality, etc.
The Department of Environment, Climate and Communications has extended the deadline for completion of projects funded under the 2019/2020 scheme up until the end of 2021, due to the difficulties in completing projects and meeting of groups during COVID.
A new scheme is expected to be announced early in 2022.