Student’s creativity shines through at One Good Idea Awards Final

St. Aloysius College, Corkwin SEAI’s Nationwide Schools’ CompetitionStudents from

Media Release
7th May 2015

Today, creativity shone through when students from St. Aloysius College, Cork were announced as the overall winners of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) One Good Idea competition for their project “Saving Energy at Home - Back 2 Basics”. Entrants to the SEAI competition, sponsored by AIB, are challenged to run awareness campaigns for their school and surrounding communities to inspire everyone to use less energy in their daily lives and to help tackle climate change. The winning team received €2000 for their school, tablets for each team member and €250 voucher for their teacher.

At the national finals at Dublin Castle held on Thursday 7th May the audience and judges were treated to a mix of projects themed around art, music, drama, social media and apps as twenty six finalists showcased their energy efficiency campaigns. Now in its seventh year, One Good Idea attracted 65 schools from across the country. AIB’s sponsorship allowed the competition to be extended to Primary School submissions for the first time.   

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White TD, attending the announcement of the winners, commented: “Global warming is the biggest single challenge facing humanity and the most effective thing we can do to confront this huge problem is to use energy more efficiently. These projects demonstrate how each one of us can play a part in making Ireland a better, greener country. We all use energy and we all have a responsibility to use it wisely. The ‘One Good Idea’ initiative stems from this simple idea, and that’s what makes it so effective.” 

Brian Motherway, CEO of SEAI, who presented the winning students with their prizes said: “I am extremely impressed by the ingenuity and enthusiasm of all of the participating pupils. I have no doubt that this next generation will play a really positive role in shaping our sustainable energy future.”

Jennifer Brady, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at AIB, One Good Idea’s new sponsorship partner, said:  “The SEAI One Good Idea Project really gives young students a chance to inspire people to make small lifestyle changes that can make a big difference to energy efficiency, and tackling climate change. We are committed to playing our part in supporting the environment and are delighted to partner with the SEAI on this exciting programme.”

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Other winners:

One Good Idea Awards: The award for the Senior One Good Idea winner went to Presentation Secondary School, Thurles, Tipperary for their project What’s your Carbon Number? with Athlone Community College  winning the Senior Runner-up prize for Greener Travel.  The Junior One Good Idea winner award went to Abbey Community College,  Roscommon for their project The World in 20 years with the Runner-up prize going to Gaelcholaiste Choilm, Ballincollig for Saving Energy at School and at home. Ardfert National School, Kerry was the winner of the first ever Primary One Good Idea with their project Saving energy at school.  All teams were awarded cash prizes for their school, ranging from €1000 to €2000, tablets and One4All vouchers for team members and teachers.

About SEAI:

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has a mission to play a leading role in the transformation of Ireland to a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. SEAI is partly financed by Ireland’s EU Structural Funds Programme co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union.

The One Good Idea competition was first held in 2007 and, to date, over 1,000 outstanding projects have been entered into SEAI’s One Good Idea competition.  Over 5000 students have devised a great range of imaginative campaigns over the past 6 years and have succeeded to raise awareness and understanding of climate change and energy efficiency in their local communities.   Through the passion and creativity of the students and teachers involved in the One Good Idea project an estimated 115,000 children, teenagers and adults throughout Ireland have been reached by these awareness raising projects. 

The One Good Idea project allows groups of students to work in teams to research, design and implement a campaign to promote energy efficiency and improve climate change awareness to one of three target audiences: their peers, adults and the wider community or primary school children. Students can use events, drama, art, music, film, photography or writing to bring their idea to life and ensure the message reaches their audience in the most effective way.

Students can design their campaign around a number of topics relating to Energy Efficiency and Climate Change. There is plenty of support available from SEAI including a project pack, a new and improved website full of ideas and resources, in-school workshops and mentoring from the One Good Idea team, who are on hand to help the top 50 teams progress their campaigns. 

For media information contact Drury|Porter Novelli:

Shane Nolan, 01-2605000/086-0835402

Breena Cooper, 01-2605000/087-1214607

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