Green-Schools has been identified as an example of Good Practice by Interreg Europe as part of the MATCH-UP Project. Interreg Europe are a European Body who assist regional and local governments across Europe, working with them to develop and deliver better policy in their regions. The Project is being co-ordinated by the Southern Regional Assembly who manage EU co-funded programmes and deliver on regional spatial planning for the Southern Region of Ireland.

Ireland hosted a MATCH-UP study visit in January 2020 to partner countries and St. Clare’s Green-School, in Harold’s Cross, Dublin hosted the visit. Along with Green-Schools Manager Jane Hackett and Green-Schools Travel Infrastructure Officer, Trevor Keppel, St. Clare’s students gave a presentation to Interreg Europe delegates about the work they do to support sustainable transport in Ireland. Check out the site visit video featuring one of Green-Schools many primary schools who are working hard to maintain their work on the Green Flag for Travel.

Green-Schools Travel Success

Since 2008 2k schools have participated representing 400k students and 35k teachers, 4k bicycle/1k scooter parking spaces have been installed and 36.6k students received subsidised cycle training. Results from schools participating between 2016-18:
• 2k extra pupils walking/cycling to school
• 4k cars parking away from school gate
• 1k pupils leaving car at home for the whole journey
• 30k students walked to school on National walk to school day
• 26% reduction in car journeys to schools