Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal is located in Lanesborough, Co.Longford. They received their green flag on litter and waste in May 2003, and renewed their flag in May 2005. Their committee is a selection of 10 students representing all classes and 1 teacher.
Green code; "Water is Life"
Monitoring and Evaluation;
Water meter fitted June 2005;
Discovered they used 181.18 litres of water per person per day! (10,000 litres a day resulting in an annual bill of €6400)
Within a month they had reduced 181 litres down to 40 litres per day and are now down to 24 litres per person per day.
This was achieved through appliance of the following methods;
Applied for Capital Grant Aid under the summer works scheme 2007 to refurbish toilets, imput new floor tiling, ventilation,painting and plumbing.
Carried out a water survey counting all the sinks/taps/toilets.
Took part on projects on the Shannon/Wildlife/Fishing/Bridge/Tourism.
Daily monitioring of water usage, water watchdog ensuring taps remain off
They use a glass of water when washing teeth, and don’t let water run while washing hands.
In complying with all aspects of the programme, The school have continued to:
Shred all paper for bedding for a local horse and dog, and later decomposed and used for manure in the garden.
They have reached a litter free status and continue to remain involved by participating in the national spring clean.
Clothes are recycled twice a year.
Mobile phones and stamps are recycled to raise money for developing countries. Ink Cartridges and batteries recycled.
Doors have been replaced with PVC doors in complying with energy efficiency.
Blue recycle bin is in full use and 2 large compost heaps.