Portlaoise College’s Project on Environment impresses

Portlaoise College’s Project on Environment impresses

Laois Young Environmentalists Impress Experts 


Young people from Portlaoise College (Portlaoise, Co. Laois), along with other groups from across Leinster presented their Environmental Action projects to judges at ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards, Leinster ECO-Den on Monday 11th April at the European Commission Representation in Ireland, Mount St, Dublin 2.


The groups had to convince a panel of expert judges including Elaine Nevin (ECO-UNESCO), Karen Mahon (Alupro Ireland Director), and Claire Downey (Community Re-Use Network National Coordinator) that their project ‘Development of an Eco-Friendly Plastic’ deserves a spot at the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2016 Gala Showcase and Awards Ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House, Wednesday May 18th.


Commenting on the Leinster ECO-Den, ECO-UNESCO Director Elaine Nevin said,

“The ECO-Dens present a fantastic opportunity for young people to a pitch to a panel of experts, tell them how their project makes a difference to the local environment and why they should be shortlisted for the finals in Dublin this May. The quality of the projects presented to us at the Leinster ECO-Den has always been very high and we are looking forward to hearing about what steps this year’s young people have taken to tackle environmental issues.”

Portlaoise College's Green Scheme impresses

Portlaoise College’s Green Scheme impresses


The Young Environmentalist Awards Leinster ECO-Den was supported by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fingal County Council, Kildare County Council, Longford County Council, Kilkenny County Council, Laois County Council, Louth County Council, Meath County Council, Offaly County Council, and Westmeath County Council. The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs are the main funders of the overall initiative while Alupro Ireland and Dublin City Council are also supporters of the programme.


The Leinster groups gave it their all at the ECO-Den and will find out in late April if their group have made it through to the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2016 Gala Showcase and Awards Ceremony on May 18th.

 For further information, please contact:

Lisa Wilson (Communications Officer)

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