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Team "Is Féidir L.E.O." from Colaiste An Phiarsaigh, Gleann Maghair, Co Cork were one of 10 Junior Post Primary schools who made it to the finals of the One Good Idea competition 2015. Their project aimed to educate primary school children about the importance of trees. They ran a competition in primary schools to create illustrations and poems for a bi-lingual book which they developed. They approached publishers and raised some funds to publish the book which they have been sending to local primary schools. They also planted trees in their own school.
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Ashbourne Community School have a whole school approach to saving energy. After signing up for SEAI's Energy In Education training they came up with an Energy plan which involved teachers, pupils and the caretaker. They specifically looked at the lighting in their school and analysed where savings could be made. At the Energy In Education training they heard about the One Good Idea competition, a perfect platform for them to showcase the great work they were doing in their school. Team "ElectrASHians" was formed and they set about raising awareness in their school. Pictured below are the team at the national finals of the One Good Idea competition, May 2015 in Dublin Castle. For more One Good Idea winners see One Good Idea
Ashbourne Community School Energy Plan:
Taking regular electricity and gas meter readings
Formation of a student energy committee
Energy Awareness Campaign
Implemented "Switch if off policy"
Installation of more energy efficient lights (replaced T8 with T5 fixtures)
Better utilisation of natural light
Install 7 day time-clocks on vending machines
Reduce boiler operating times appropriately
Find out more about their energy savings here
Templeorum National School were one of six primary schools who made it to the finals of the One Good Idea competition. 2015 was the first year that the competition was open to primary schools and at the finals, not only did all six teams impress the judges no end, post primary students and teachers were also captivated by their younger counterparts.
Team Eco Savers wanted to encourage the pupils, parents and teachers in their school to adopt greener methods of transport to school. They surveyed the pupils and teachers to see how they travel to school. They developed a presentation that listed the carbon output of each of the modes of travel and then created a slogan, posters and leaflets about their campaign, wrote a song and held a WOW (walk on Wednesday) day. A tips leaflet was given out to pupils and teachers giving them ideas on how to travel greener such as walking, cycling, carpooling and even staying in Ireland for vacation to use less energy.
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Scoil Naisiunta Seosamh Naofa, Bree, Co Wexford were one of six primary schools who made it to the finals of the One Good Idea competition. Their campaign, Green Feet, aimed to reduce the amount of energy wasted in the school. They surveyed the pupils and teachers in the school to identify where energy was being wasted and came up with solutions to these problems. They then created a red jigsaw foot that shows where energy is wasted eg. leaving lights on, with matching green jigsaw pieces that show how to address this eg. turn off the lights. They played this game in the school with their fellow pupils and raised awareness about the need to conserve energy. The team are pictured here at the National Finals of the One Good Idea, Dublin Castle with Alex White, TD and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and Dr Brian Motherway, CEO of SEAI.
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With so many people having a mobile phone, these students are planning to eradicate paper receipts and instead, scanning the receipt on your phone. They reckon it could save millions of trees. Team E-Receipts were one of 20 finalists at this year's One Good Idea competition.
They first developed their idea for Scifest, the national science competition www.scifest.ie Not only did these three students win the Sustainable Energy Award they also won the overall Scifest Award at IT Blanchardstown in May 2014. They then went on to compete at a national level at the Scifest@SFI national finals held on 7th November 2014. After developing their project further and raising awareness of their idea to their peers and general public they reached the One Good Idea finals at Dublin Castle May 2015. Pictured is Ben Brown, Sean Hannon and Cian Dunne from Blackrock College, Co Dublin. Their teacher is Hugh Rowsome.
Watch this awesome video by CBS Primary School pupils which they made to raise awareness about Green Schools and to achieve their latest Green Flag.
Aoife Dolan, Ellen Fitzgerald and Niamh Nyhan from Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, Co Cork were awarded first place at INESPO, the International Environment and Sustainability Olympiad in the Netherlands on 4th June for their project Non Integrated LED Bulbs, which looks at the use of a more energy efficent form of street lighting. The students and their teacher Claire Holland represented Ireland at the event and were chosen out of 15 sustainable energy related projects at Scifest events during 2014.
More about their project.......
We wanted to design an LED bulb to integrate into existing schemes without affecting the performance of these schemes with regard to Lux levels and uniformity. There are an estimated 400,000 street lights in Ireland, so we figured between the manufacturing, running and maintenance costs, they must be extremely expensive. This brought us onto the subject of LED street lighting. We designed a bulb that is separate from the fixture of a street light. This LED bulb will fit into all of the standard street lights that are in place today due to the common ES lamp holder. The LED bulb was designed based on the components of a standard street light. While the SON-T takes time to warm up, the LED is immediately at full brightness. It is a universal bulb due to its cap base, so it can be screwed into existing street lights without having to replace the luminaire of that street light. This will not only cut down on waste but it is a safe, clean, cheap and environmentally friendly source of light. The LED bulb is more energy efficient than the SON-T and Metal Halide bulbs in today's street lights. It has a longer life expectancy and is more durable. This means that the lights will not have to be checked or replaced as frequently as the street lights that are in use today. Overall, our bulb is a more energy efficient and cost effective source of light. The amount of LEDs being used in our homes and workplaces are increasing and people are looking for ways to become more environmentally friendly. We need to improve the way in which we are lighting our streets, as stated by the Nobel Committee "...the 21st Century will be lit by LED lamps"
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