A new programme has been launched in Ireland to promote environmental issues in households and community groups.
The Green Home Programme, developed by a partnership between An Taisce and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), aims to promote and support environmental awareness.
Communities which demonstrate high standards in sustainable actions will be awarded a green flag to display in recognition of their efforts.
The programme includes several key environmental areas on which households and groups can gain information and implement measures to aid the environment and reduce their home costs.
Areas such as waste reduction, energy efficiency, sustainable travel and water conservation are highlighted as key environmental issues across Ireland.
Dr Mary Kelly, director of the EPA, said: "The EPA is delighted to assist An Taisce in the development of the Green Home Programme, through funding under the National Waste Prevention Programme.
"Through participation in this programme communities are being strengthened as they work together to protect their environment."
Green Homes was launched on a trial basis in November 2007. Already 17 schools have been awarded green flags for their work on the programme.
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