IRISH students will be encouraged to think about the consequences of wasting energy and the impact of carbon footprints with the launch of the Intelligent Use of Energy at School project.
Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe TD, was in Cork this morning at Bord Gais HQ to launch the European Energy Savings Awards and he praised the new project which aims to promote everyday energy efficiency among secondary schools students and teachers.
“‘I hope that the significant achievements of schools taking part in the highly successful Green Schools programme can be built upon at European level through this new project,”he said.
“I’ve no doubt that the awards will stir a new consciousness of environmental issues by engaging students in energy-saving activities using a hands-on and real-world approach. I hope the project will lead an agenda of behavioural change in schools and in the wider community as we seek to become global players in the debate on climate change.
“There’s so much we can do to build awareness of ‘green’ issues,” he continued. “A project like Intelligent Use Of Energy At School will help to create a new generation of engineers and scientists for the knowledge society of tomorrow.”