Schools & Awareness

Book a Talk or Workshop

Primary and secondary schools can avail of free environmental workshops at your school. If you wish to find out more about booking a talk or workshop for your school about litter, waste, recycling, composting, energy, climate change or biodiversity, please us at:

  • Telephone: 0761 10 20 20
  • Email: contact@waterfordcouncil.ie
  • Mailing Address: Waterford City & County Council, City Hall, The Mall, Waterford

    For example: We can deliver the SEAI Senior Primary “Energy Challenge” workshop. This workshop is interactive, curriculum based and covers the principals of energy, the current global problems and what we can do to help. Students learn about the science of energy and climate change through participation in experiments and playing the 'energy game'. All round they are very hands on and fun. Suitable for 3rd to 6th class pupils. Waste/recycling workshops are interactive, encouraging pupils to think about the lifecycle of materials, how long they take to breakdown and the recycling process. Biodiversity workshops show pupils the importance of local plants and animals and focuses on what exists locally. There are activities to suit all ages in this workshop.

    Green Schools

    Green Schools is an international environmental education programme and award scheme that promotes long term, whole school action for the environment. In Ireland the programme is run by An Taisce and schools are assisted locally by the Environmental Services in Waterford City and County Council.

    Unlike a once off project, Green Schools is a long term programme that introduces participants (students, teachers, parents and the wider community) to the concept of an environmental management system. It fosters a strong sense of citizenship and leadership among participants that spreads far outside the school into the wider community. It allows children to be part of the decision making process by making them responsible for their decisions and actions.

    The award takes the form of a prestigious Green Flag that can be flown outside the school and has to be renewed every two years. For further information please visit Green Schools Ireland or contact us to become involved:

  • Ella Ryan, Environmental Awareness Officer, Environmental Services, Waterford City and County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford
  • Email: eryan@waterfordcouncil.ie
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    FASHION AND THE ENVIRONMENT Teachers Handbook
    In Ireland, our addiction to new clothes is doing more harm than you may think. Half a tonne of clothing is dumped here every minute, producing over 12 tonnes of carbon emissions – the same as driving 65,000 kilometres in a car. (Source: Oxfam Ireland)

    Help your class to take action on climate change, water pollution and over consumption in this simple lesson. Begin a conversation about where their clothes were made and how long they will last.


    Competitions

    We run a number of competitions annually for schools, including litter, recycling, reuse, etc. Details of these will be sent to your school and also posted to the Latest News section of this website.