Cork City Green Schools

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.


Cork City Council and Green Schools

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

There are monthly support zoom meetings for teachers in Cork City schools active in the Green Schools Programme.

Contact  to register

Green School Resources

Cork City Council supports An Taisce in the operation of the programme in Cork City.  To become involved please contact

For further information see:

The following resources may be of assistance to Green Schools in Cork City: