Eco-Schools received a major boost when Airtricity announced a major three-year sponsorship package to support the important environmental education programme across Northern Ireland.
Airtricity and Eco-Schools announced the three-year partnership today (Monday 27th June 2011) at Hazelwood Integrated PS, an exemplar Green Flag school in Belfast. Studying energy consumption has helped shave thousands of pounds off the school’s energy bill. To mark the announcement, pupils at Hazelwood Integrated PS ‘plugged-in’ to Toyota’s new Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technology, one of only three such vehicles on our roads.
The Airtricity-sponsored Eco-Schools programme will help schools to promote sustainable development and in particular to improve their energy efficiency through involving pupils in hands-on activities that can make a real difference. Airtricity is developing a brand new set of free resources for children and teachers on energy efficiency, that will complement the NI curriculum, as well as providing schools with the chance to win great energy saving prizes.
The resources will be available from a brand new website designed to support schools studying energy topics and encourage pupils to get the energy saving message out into the local community. As well as teaching materials and practical activities Airtricity are also adding the expertise of their very own ‘Energy Doctor’ to enhance pupils’ knowledge of how to save energy.
With 740 registered participants in Northern Ireland, over 60% of schools in Northern Ireland are eco-schools. In adopting this approach to education for sustainable development these schools work towards the prestigious international Green Flag standard.