What we do

Green-Schools is Ireland’s leading environmental management and education programme for schools.

Promoting long-term, whole-school action for the environment Green-Schools is a student-led programme with involvement from the wider community. The programme is operated and coordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce (FEE member for Ireland). Have a question? Check out our FAQs!

Green-Schools for Everyone

Green-Schools’ mission is to protect planet Earth – our shared home to which we all belong – and we want everyone involved! We warmly welcome participants of all backgrounds, cultures, races and ethnicities, religions and belief systems, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. Equity, diversity and social justice are fundamental to our values – so whoever you are, we can’t wait to have YOU involved!


Green-Schools, known internationally as Eco-Schools, is coordinated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). FEE’s programmes include: Eco-Schools, Young Reporters for the Environment, Learning About Forests (LEAF), Blue Flag and Green Key.

Eco-Schools is a fundamental initiative which encourages young people to engage in their environment by allowing them the opportunity to actively protect it. It starts in the classroom, it expands to the school and eventually fosters change in the community at large. Eco-Schools is currently operating in 62 countries worldwide with over 16 million students taking part.


An Taisce works to preserve and protect Ireland’s natural and built heritage. An Taisce is an independent charitable voice for the environment and for heritage issues.

Our work is focused in three areas:

  • Education: Our Environmental Education Unit is responsible for some of Ireland’s most popular and successful environmental programmes, including Green-Schools, Green-CampusClean Coasts, National Spring Clean, Neat Streets, Green Communities, Learning about Forests and the Blue Flag award.
  • Advocacy: The Advocacy Unit is dedicated to promoting the conservation of Ireland’s nature and biodiversity as well as its built heritage.
  • Properties: An Taisce own a range of heritage properties in trust, including historic buildings and nature reserves.


Green Flags and pennants can be purchased at the link below. Payment is a two-step process. Following completion of the form below you will be sent a link via email to follow to complete your payment.

Our People

Cathy Baxter
Cathy Baxter Director, Environmental Education Unit
Ciara Norton
Ciara NortonManager, Green-Schools Travel
Joanne Scott
Joanne ScottManager, Green-Schools
Tracey Lydon
Tracey LydonManager, Safe Routes to School

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