Schools competition for energy awareness is open for entries

SEAI is calling on primary and post primary students to enter One Good Idea competition

One Good Idea Competition 2016












21st September, 2016:  The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) today officially launched this year’sOne Good Idea competition and is encouraging students from right across the country to enter. Now in its 9th year, the aim of the One Good Idea is to increase students’ understanding of energy efficiency and climate change by encouraging them to take individual and collective responsibility for tackling these important issues. Contestants must come up with creative ideas for an energy awareness campaign to change behaviour and improve energy efficiency in their homes, schools and communities. 

Open to primary and post primary school students, participants have the chance to win prizes for themselves and their schools.  Entry can be made via and the best projects will be showcased at the national finals in Croke Park on the 16th May 2017. Closing date for entries is 11th November 2016.  

To mark the launch, the 2016 winners have created posters based on their campaigns.  The posters will be used in a national advertising campaign on billboards and in AIB branches around the country.  A public vote for the nation’s favourite poster will be conducted through the SEAI website until 23rd October 2016.

Speaking at the launch of the competition, Denis Naughten T.D., Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, said: “I believe a key element in the future of energy efficiency and awareness that will bring about behavioural and attitudinal change in our society lies with our school children.  I am convinced their creative ideas and enthusiasm will have a significant impact on attitudes and practices.  As the first Minister appointed by the Government with dedicated responsibility for climate change and energy policies I congratulate the SEAI on the One Good Idea initiative which encourages school children to learn about the important subject of energy efficiency and climate change.”

Commenting, Jim Gannon, CEO at SEAI, said: “Iam very impressed at the passion, enthusiasm and creativity shown by last year’s winners in getting the message out about the challenge we all face in addressing climate change.  The competition raises awareness of climate change and the simple ways each of us can respond to it.  The students also benefit directly, building a whole range of skills that will serve them well both during and beyond school.”

Thanks to the continued support of AIB the project has grown substantially in the last few years.  Speaking about the partnership, Ray O’Neill, Head of Sustainable Business at AIB, said: “AIB is delighted to support this venture to encourage students to come up with smart ideas to change behaviour around energy awareness.  AIB is leading by example.  Our green strategy includes zero waste to landfill and 100 per cent renewable electricity targets.’’



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One Good Idea Project:

The One Good Idea project allows groups of students to work in teams to research, design and implement a campaign around a number of topics 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.

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 70 teams progress their campaigns. Shortlisted finalists present to an expert panel of judges at the showcase national finals ceremony. Already 6,000 students have created energy saving campaigns which targeted hundreds of thousands of children, teenagers and adults throughout the country.



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