A small army of young green champions had their endeavours rewarded yesterday at a glittering awards ceremony in Belfast.
Stormont minister Arlene Foster celebrated the positive steps being taken by schools across Northern Ireland to improve the environment.
The event, organised by the DoE's Environment and Heritage Service, showcased those taking part in the Eco-Unesco Young Environmentalist Awards 2007 as well as other award schemes being promoted in Northern Ireland.
The overall Junior Environmentalist Award 2007 was won by pupils from St Catherine's College in Co Armagh, with a project called 'Green Christmas and Recycle Light'. The school also won the Junior Waste category.
The Junior Biodiversity category prize was won by St Joseph's Boys School in Co Londonderry with 'Increasing Biodiversity in an Urban Area' and the Junior Energy prize went to Banbridge High School in Co Down with the 'Get Switched on to Switching off' project.
The Environment Minister said: "In the Young Environmentalist Awards, Eco-Schools Awards and others, your participation, quality projects and commitment to the environment are true lasting measures of the schemes success. This event shows that the environment is a concern that unites people and communities everywhere."