Green Mile Goes On…

April 21, 2010 at 6:37 PM 2 comments

Sandy McGroarty of ECO-UNESCO continues her ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards judging roadshow as she visits the first of four groups in the Cork region, CBS Charleville. As last year’s overall senior winners, she was interested in how their project on green transportation entitled ‘The Green Mile’ has progressed over the year….

I was met in CBS Charleville not only by the group itself but a room full of different members of their community which played a part in The Green Mile project. The group this year have set-up a town committee which meets regularly and is committed to working towards the group’s original goal of turning Charleville into a model  ‘Green Transport Town’.

The Green Mile group entered into the transport category of ECO-UNESCO's Young Environmentalist Awards 2010

As all the community are affected by traffic congestion associated with school drop-offs and collections, it makes sense that they should be part of the solution. The project includes numerous intiatives within it, such as a very impressive carpool website, a solution to heavy school bags via electronic books, bike lock-ups, a 20km cycle, bicycle maintainence classes and cycling classes to name but a few!! They have also teamed up with a neighbouring school St. Joseph’s which as a school with students with special needs is also working towards more sustainable and accessible transport. Many other community groups and sponsors were involved in developing The Green Mile into a truly sustainable, innovative model which has the potential to be applied to the majority of Irish towns making it a key tool in the future of Ireland’s Green transport plan. What an incredible achievement by the students and teachers of CBS Charleville!!

Don’t forget to come and see the fantastic project carried out by CBS Charleville while it’s on display at the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Showcase and Awards in the Mansion House, Dublin. The Showcase will be open to the public from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on May 12!


Entry filed under: Young Environmentalist Awards 2010.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Green Mile Committtee  |  April 26, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    The Students in the photo left to right: Brendan Woodage, David Sheehan, Karl Pawlak, Shane Sheedy and Kieran Cooney. The teachers involved with this project :Mr. S. Hogan & Ms. C. Merrick.We had a great morning with Sandy and the various representatives involved in the Green Mile project from the town of Charleville. Our thanks to all those who gave the time to chat with Sandy and the green mile committee.
    We look forward to seeing everybody on the 12th of May in the Mansion House.

  • 2. Ted Bradley  |  May 29, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    These guys were fantastic and have done some great work to make Charleville, a town that is more environmentally friendly and accessible.

    They have taken a positive approach to dealing with the issues like weigh of school bags rather than standing back and complaining about it!


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