Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education (CDCFE), Coolock, recently held a ceremony celebrating the renewal of their green flag. The prestigious title was awarded to the college for their efforts in creating and maintaining a “green campus”. CCDFE were first awarded the green flag in 2010, and were the second third-level educational institute to be awarded the Green Flag internationally.
Dublin City Counsellor Paddy Burke was present to cut the ribbon, along with Members of Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin. Principal Mary Hickie led the ceremony with the support of the college’s Sports and Cultural Officer, Breda Dockrell.
“Green-Schools” is an international environmental education programme, and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole school action for the environment. It is operated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) whose main partner includes UNESCO. Unlike a once-off project, it is a long-term programme that introduces all participants – students, teachers, and the wider community – to the concept of an environmental management system.
Much work was done by Enviromental Officer, Ugis Danilevics, to co-ordinate the college’s final submission. He did sterling work in meeting with staff and students to ensure that renewal was guaranteed through the identification of litter “blackspots”, reduction of paper waste and various other recycling measures.
The occasion also saw the opening of a newly developed courtyard, a welcome addition to the Coolock campus. This project was led by members of the college horticulture course.