Belfast Telegraph

Plan helps schools to pick up on eco habit

By Linda Stewart

East Londonderry has become the first NI constituency where all schools are Eco-Schools.

The initiative, operated by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and funded by the Department of the Environment, encourages environmental action by schools which leads to improved attitudes towards the environment.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan had written to schools last September encouraging those still not registered with the Eco-Schools programme to do so. As a result 96% of schools across Northern Ireland are now part of the International Programme.

The minister said: "Schools are involved in environmental action that can save money and improve the environment in which children learn. Two schools have achieved zero waste to landfill and in other instances school grounds are being developed as outdoor classrooms.

"Northern Ireland currently ranks ninth in the world for uptake of Eco-Schools. This is all the more significant as it operates on a purely voluntary basis here."

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