Green News - November 2006

H2O Day!
Dominican College’s H2O day will be held in the school hall on the 6th of December. We hope to raise awareness about water conservation in the school and at home. Throughout H2O day there will be games, presentations, competitions and prizes, a cake sale, car wash for teachers, entertainment and a cartoon made by the students of TY. These activities will take place in the hall and each year group will get a chance to go. In the presentation there will be some interesting facts about water and helpful suggestion of how everyone can conserve water daily to help the environment. Each student will hopefully leave with a lolly with an eco-fact, a cake from the cake sale, windscreen wiper fluid and new useful knowledge of water conservation. H2O day is organized by the fourth year environmental studies classes and their teacher Ms.Roche.

November 2006 Email:
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Welcome to the Environmental Committee's first edition of GREEN NEWS! Here we will keep you up to date on what we are doing to make our school environment GREEN. As you will see below we have had a busy first term and lots more planned for the rest of the year. Suggestions are always welcome so feel free to contact us at the email address above.

W.O.W - Walk on Wednesday:

Walk on Wednesday, encourages parents, teachers and pupils to walk to school at least once a week.

Thank you for making the effort to take part in our scheme by walking to school during October. Congratulations on your success! The amount of people walking to school has risen each week and you really surpassed yourselves. Not only does walking to school benefit our environment but also improves your own health so let's keep the W.O.W habit for good!!

The results of our survey are as follows:

Date
% No
% Yes
Total Number Surveyed
October 4th
35
65
720
October 11th
31
69
617
October 18th
22
78
502
October 25th
26
74
489

Recycling in the School:

The Environmental Committee was very pleased to see our recycling bins set up in five areas around the school. There is one new recycle zone now located outside the R.E. room. More and more students have taken up the initiative of recycling their plastics bottles, cans, papers etc.

Apart from reducing our waste bill, this is also contributing to a better school environment.


The "YOUNG ENVIRONMENTALIST AWARDS":

ECO-UNESCO is Ireland's only national environmental organisation for young people. It aims to raise environmental awareness, understanding and knowledge of the environment among young people. To this end, it runs the Young Environmentalist Awards, an all Ireland Awards programme, which encourages young people to carry out an environmental project in their community.

Last year, in the category of "Energy Awards", Dominican College students, under the guidance of Ms. Mc Cool, won the junior award for their project "Lose the standby and save your energy". In the category of "Waste Awards" they also won for their project "Bring back the lunchbox". This year two groups of students are taking up the challenge and entering the programme. The project titles submitted are "Green Food" and "Towards a Sustainable College"

We will keep you updated on our progress in the next issue.

Your Local Recycling/Bring Centres:
  1. Oscar Traynor Road - City Council Depot
  2. Collins Ave - City Council Depot (opposite DCU)
  3. Fingal - Estuary Recycling Centre - Mantua Rd, Swords
  4. "Free Trade" - a new online service available for people who wish to pass on (free of charge) items such as furniture, gardening equipment etc. See www.dublinwaste.ie

Recommended web sites:

  1. www.ecounesco.ie
  2. www.powerofone.ie
  3. www.eco-schools.ie
  4. www.antaisce.org
  5. www.walktoschool.org
  6. www.sei.ie

Did You Know?

  1. Almost half our waste can easily be recycled - in 2001 over 100,000 tonnes of glass was land filled in Ireland. This will never decompose.
  2. Enough energy is saved by recycling one aluminium can to light a 100watt bulb for 20 hours.
  3. 25 plastic bottles can be used to make one fleece jacket.
  4. In 2001 each Irish person generated 0.7 tonnes of waste - approx. 10 times our body weight!
  5. Producing recycled paper uses 28% - 70% less energy and water