NI Schools Go Green!

Twenty seven local schools are vying for the title of Northern Ireland’s most energy efficient school in a ‘Green Schools NI’, competition.

The competition, launched by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) and Ulster University, aims to promote renewable energy and environmental sustainability awareness to schools.

Eco-friendly year 12-14 students at each school have been tasked with assessing the ‘green’ credentials of their school using measuring equipment provided by Ulster University; looking at aspects such as energy usage; potential energy savings and then drafting a report based on their findings.

An award ceremony to announce the winning school will take place at Ulster University, Jordanstown at the end of April 2015.

The ‘Green Schools NI’ competition has been designed to engage students from all STEM subjects but in particular CCEA’s new GCE in Environmental Technology. The qualification, which launched in 2013 and is due for first award in Summer 2015, was developed as a result of wide consultation with external stakeholders, to include schools and universities, who believe that this is the type of course that will help to bring growth and sustainability to the NI economy.

Justin Edwards, CCEA’s Chief Executive commented: "CCEA is delighted to partner with the University of Ulster and deliver a competition that raises awareness of the increasing career and study opportunities in the area of Environmental Technology. Our unique A level in Environmental Technology is specifically designed to allow learners to gain the knowledge and understanding they need to explore these opportunities."

Professor Ian Montgomery, Dean of Faculty of Art Design and the Built Environment at Ulster University said: "Whilst energy is essential to our modern way of life, it is important that we protect the natural environment by adopting sustainable measures. Ulster’s two new courses, BSc (Hons) Energy and BEng (Hons) Architectural Engineering will produce graduates able to provide innovative and forward-thinking solutions to meet the global energy challenges for a sustainable future. Start your Energy career at Ulster University."

CCEA’s GCE in Environmental Technology: This is a science-based qualification designed to enhance students’ understanding of environmental and sustainability issues. It was launched in September 2013, with AS Level first awarded in Summer’14 and A Level/GCE due for first award in Summer’15, with approximately 300 students from across NI being awarded.

Ulster University’s new BSc in Energy and BEng in Architectural Engineering

The courses are designed to provide exciting learning experiences and career opportunities in the energy, renewable energy and sustainable built environment sectors. They aim to develop graduates who can provide innovative and forward-thinking energy and engineering solutions that can create functional buildings, reduce our energy consumption and associated carbon emissions, develop secure energy supplies, reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels, stimulate the economy and also ensure that UK/EU energy policies are implemented successfully.

The 27 NI schools taking part in the competition are:
Aquinas Grammar School, Belfast Shimna Integrated College, Newcastle
Ballymoney High School, Ballymoney St Colman’s High and Sixth Form College, Ballynahinch
Bangor Grammar, Bangor St Colman's, Newry
Beechlawn School, Hillsborough St Killian's College, Ballymena
Belfast High School, Newtownabbey St Louise’s Comprehensive College, Belfast
City of Armagh High School, Armagh St Malachy’s College, Belfast
Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle St Mary's, Irvinestown
Fleming Fulton School, Belfast St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon
Holy Trinity College, Cookstown St Paul’s High School, Bessbrook
Lagan College, Belfast St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh
Lismore Comprehensive, Craigavon The High School, Ballynahinch
Methodist College, Belfast Thornhill College, Derry
Rainey Endowed, Magherafelt Victoria College, Belfast
Sacred Heart College, Omagh  

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