Green Mile Goes On…
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’.
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.