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Green schools' award scheme launched 10 December 2007

CEMEX Island Aggregates Ltd, in association with the Department of Education, has launched the CEMEX Scoillyn Glassey Award Scheme 2008.

The award scheme will provide local schools and students who come up with the most innovative and environmentally sustainable ideas, the chance to gain funding to promote and enhance their understanding of the living environment through the implementation of their creative projects.

The students and schools are being encouraged to undertake development of projects useful to learn more about sustainability or carrying out an activity which will benefit all of the schools taking part and help develop student understanding of what it means to ‘live sustainably’.

Mike Shaw, Managing Director of CEMEX Island Aggregates Ltd and member of the Scoillyn Glassey Award Scheme judging panel, will be looking for entries that involve local flora and fauna, that make use of the environmental education resources on the island and in particular projects that can be continued next year for future students to build upon.

Mike Shaw
Mike Shaw

The key aim of the award scheme will be to promote and develop environmental awareness, thus ensuring this becomes an intrinsic part of the daily life and ethos of all the participating schools.

In today’s world, education for sustainable development and a better quality of life for local and global communities is crucial. It is essential that students learn through experience, ways in which they can address the problems faced on a world wide scale with local solutions on the Island.

Awards on offer are:

Category 1 - Primary School £500 x 8

Category 2 - Secondary School £1,000 x 1

CEMEX Scoillyn Glassey Award Scheme 2008 addresses some of the following topics within schools:

• Biodiversity

• Litter

• Waste Minimisation

• Energy

Commenting on the Award Scheme, Education Minister Anne Craine MHK said:

'Young people in our schools today are keenly aware of the effects of the melting ice cap, bio-diversity, renewable energy; words and phrases which had no meaning when I was at school are everyday language in today’s world. They are knowledgeable about the damage that we are inflicting on our planet and know that everyday small actions can have a major affect on the future sustainability of our fragile environment.
'I am delighted that, in the Scoillyn Glassey Award, CEMEX IAL have come forward with such a worthwhile competition, which will encourage our students to participate in improving their own environment and in turn to make a valid contribution to the care of our Island and the world in which we live. I feel sure that schools will welcome this competition, which will give them a terrific opportunity to use the knowledge that they already have and explore new ideas.'

Mike Shaw, Director of CEMEX Island Aggregates, said of the launch of the award scheme:

'As a company in the building products industry we are keen to demonstrate in an honest and meaningful way the importance of environmental sustainability.
'Environmental responsibility is a core component of our local business and we aim to further this by providing the means for local schools to engage with sustainability issues and learn how important it actually is and how it is carried out in a practical way. We all have a commitment to contribute to the conservation of the environment and as a business which uses natural resources we believe that our commitment to environment sustainability is of tremendous importance.
'This is a worthwhile issue for us to be engaged with and we look forward to seeing all the original ideas. We are keen to instill in the students that even here on the island we can contribute to the global drive to ensure we have a sustainable environment for generations to come.'

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