Environmental awards presented to Kildare students

LOCAL students showed off their environmental credentials in the first academic awards sponsored by the waste management company Oxigen Environmental which were presented last week in Kildare.

LOCAL students showed off their environmental credentials in the first academic awards sponsored by the waste management company Oxigen Environmental which were presented last week in Kildare.

In total five awards were presented in three different categories. Four of these awards were presented to students in Cross & Passion College, Kilcullen.

The first was for Outstanding Science Student of the Year which was awarded to Finnian Breen. The other three fell under the category of Bright Star and were co-sponsored by Brightwater Recruitment and Oxigen Environmental. These awards recognised potential entrepreneurs of the future and were awarded to David Nolan, Ischa Lynch and Gerard Conway.

The fifth award was presented to James Meghar from Patrician Secondary School in Newbridge. This award recognised outstanding contribution to school environmental issues and recycling. Students and staff at Patrician have had a very active Green Team over the past year which has heightened awareness to human impact on the environment.

Martin Harrell (Director Human Resources & Communications Oxigen Environmental) stated, “Oxigen Environmental has been serving the Kildare community for over 20 years and we are delighted to present our first academic awards in the county. All awards categories are close to our hearts. We have invested over €20M in the past 10 years into science based research and development in Ireland. Our in-house team actively work with our client base to increase levels of recycling thus reducing their volume of waste to landfill.

Oxigen employs close to 400 people from Cavan to Waterford and we are always looking out for our next bright star. Therefore all recipients could one day hopefully cross our path again.”

Oxigen Environmental continues to lead the way in waste management and currently is working on an array of projects including increased diversion from landfill and turning domestic waste into an alternative fuel source and garden compost.