Looking for inspiration? Our winners from 2017 offer lots of great ideas for researching, campaigning and presenting their One Good Ideas.

Overall Winner

Team: Wattaware
Topic: Saving energy at home / school
School: Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

About the campaign

Team Wattaware created an awareness campaign that provided the adults in their community with information on Energy Efficiency ratings of household appliances. By educating people about the benefits of the long term savings made by opting for higher rated appliances in energy costs they hope that more people will take into consideration the energy consumption of appliances in the home such as washing machines and dish washers. By getting people to save money by using less energy they will also be helping to save the planet.


To spread this message they targeted adults by providing leaflets on energy efficient appliances and distributed these in local appliance stores. They got their message out to their peers, the future customers, by hosting a quiz and giving talks where they educated them on the potential of saving energy through A+ rated appliances.

Primary Winner

Team: Saighdiuirí Uisce
Topic: Saving water saves energy
School: St Patrick's NS, Bruree, Co. Limerick

About the campaign

The Saighdiuirí Uisce have learned all about the fact that using water requires energy be used too. Their One Good Idea was to educate children and adults that when you waste water you are also wasting energy. 


They have been sharing their message of water conservation in many clever ways. Their school was very supportive of their project, allowing the team to post water saving tips on the school twitter for each school day in February, such as how having a cup of tea instead of coffee saves 100Ls of water per cup. Their campaign encouraged people to consider their habits in using water, “Don’t Use Water in Haste, Think About the Waste”.

Senior Winner

Team: Walk For U
Topic: Greener travel
School: Scoil Mhuire, Buncranna, Co. Donegal

About the campaign

Walk For U want to inspire their community to walk more instead of driving. Through their research they learned that if students walked 1320 steps or 1km instead of driving it, they would save 167.5 grams of CO2 from being emitted.


To encourage walking instead of driving they ran a scheme with a group of second year students for 4 weeks where they recorded the amount of steps they walked daily. Whoever had walked the most steps at the end of the week received a reward, which was sponsored by their local cinema. In total, the second years walked 1,316,280 steps extra preventing 167.028 kilograms of harmful emissions from being released into the atmosphere.

The team spread their message via an awareness walk with the whole school through the town on 17th February 2017. This made their message explode throughout the community. It’s hard to miss 600 students walking up the main street and shouting their cause! With teachers dressed as Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse and Peppa Pig to capture the attention of young children and to get the message of what they were doing across. They also had attendance from the Gardaí, TD Charlie McConalogue and county Councillors Nicholas Crossan and Rena Donaghey. Local press reported on the event and they made front page in the Inishowen Independent.

Junior Winner

Team: Green is the New Black
Topic: Greener fashion
School: Seamount College, Kinvara, Co. Galway

About the campaign

Green is the New Black is the greener fashion initiative set up by a team of second year students. They have discovered the extent of the waste created and energy used in the creation of clothes. Having seen how often their peers are buying new clothes they decided to show people how they can make their own new clothes.


They have done this by promoting “upcycling” in their school and their local community. As part of their campaign they have produced a fantastic fashion shoot/music video with their own upcycled and ethical fashions showing their before and afters, to help them share their message with their peers and local community. They held a clothes drive in their school which provided them with all the materials needed to turn these unwanted pieces into new trendy items, and giving them a new home.

Primary Runner-up

Team: The Fooderinos
Topic: Food Miles
School: Rahara National School, Co. Roscommon

About the campaign

The Fooderinos project is all about food miles. The team learned all about where the food in our supermarkets come from. They focused on fruit and veg that can be grown in Ireland which we still import from abroad. For example, carrots from Ireland and Spain both found in the same supermarket with over two thousand kilometres in travel distance between them.


The Fooderinos shared their message in a number of clever ways including colouring competitions based around their mascot Barry Broccoli. One member of the team has coded a game on Scratch to educate people on food miles. They have also been interviewed on Shannonside Radio where they performed their self-penned rap about food miles.

AIB Special Merit Award

Team: Cleaner Better Saving
Topic: Climate action
School: CBS Colaiste Michil, Limerick City

About the campaign

Cleaner Better Saving's One Good Idea was born from their research where they carried out surveys where they found that the majority of their peers in their school were unaware of climate change. To remedy this they decided to act as mentors to the younger students in their school.


They gave interactive lectures to younger students dressed in fantastic costumes as household appliances and electronic devices that use a lot of electricity to make their presentations come to life.

To give the younger students something to achieve and aim for they ran a competition. They would compete against each other for an individual prize and also a class prize. They displayed posters for each class taking part as a scoreboard to show their progress and grab the attention of the whole school. On Friday at the end of each week for four weeks, students are required to put a post-it on the posters with their name and what they did that week to be energy efficient.

Further information

Participation in the competition

  1. Team members submitting an entry must be registered students in a schools from the Republic of Ireland to be a valid entry. The Promoter (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, situated at Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin 2) reserves the right to seek verification from the relevant school of the registration of any students who have entered the competition.
  2. It is the responsibility of all participating schools to give permission for their students to participate in the programme and oversee their participation therein. A teacher/principal must sign each team's entry form to validate permission for all participants. The promoter is not liable in any way for costs, expenses, damages, liability or injury arising out of or in any way connected with the Awards programme.
  3. Each team will comprise of a minimum of two and a maximum of six students.
  4. Entries must be anchored in energy / climate change related topics as outlined in the project pack and on the website.
  5. The closing date for the receipt of Campaign Proposals is Friday 17th November 2017.
  6. Each teacher that enters teams into the competition will go into a prize draw for a teacher’s prize of a hotel voucher. The winner will be announced in May 2018 and notified by phone, email or mail. The teacher’s prize is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged. No cash equivalents are available as an alternative for the prize that is offered.
  7. The shortlisted Primary and Post Primary teams will be selected and notified the week beginning 8th January 2018.
  8. The shortlisted Primary and Post Primary teams will receive a workshop with their One Good Idea mentor in January 2018 in their school.
  9. The shortlisted Primary and Post Primary teams will receive feedback and assistance from the One Good Idea team on how to activate their campaign and document it in their Presentation Pitch throughout January/February 2018.
  10. The closing date for receipt of the Presentation Pitch is 16th March 2018 or such later date as may be advised on the website.
  11. The Presentation Pitch must include a campaign diary form (as provided). Teams may also submit a DVD/CD with a two minute sample of their work, this is optional.
  12. Teams must submit a short film of their Presentation Pitch by email, DVD or USB.
  13. Please keep a record of all creative pieces on an electronic/or digital format. The Promoter requests that all audio pieces can be electronically transferred.
  14. Real Nation and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland cannot accept responsibility for lost, damaged or delayed entries. Proof of posting is not proof of receipt. Entries cannot be returned to entrants. 
  15. The finalists will be announced and notified in April 2018.
  16. Employees and family members of employees or persons directly associated with Real Nation and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland are not eligible to enter this competition.
  17. The personal details of entrants will be used solely for the distribution of prizes. Once the winner has been selected, all personal details submitted by entrants will be treated with confidence.
  18. Individual prizes, all of which are based on the category of the prize winner, will be detailed on the website in advance of the National Final, May 2018.
  19. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. No cash equivalents are available as an alternative for the prizes that are offered.
  20. Prize winners will receive their trophies on the day of the National Final.
  21. Prize winners and teachers may be asked to participate in publicity (photographs, interviews, quotations etc.), in which case consent forms will be made available.
  22. Copyright of all original material entered in this competition is retained by the author. By submitting a project for entry, the entrants and the relevant school or college grant the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland the right to reproduce the entry (in full or in part) on the radio, on the website at www.seai.ie or in such other publication as the Authority might nominate, without payment.
  23. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland reserves the right to amend, withdraw or terminate the competition or alter the specification of the competition without prior notice should that specified be unavailable for reasons beyond their control.
  24. Notwithstanding that the winners may have been declared, if the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland discovers before the distribution of prizes that for any reason under these rules a winner should have been ineligible to enter the competition or if the entry should have been declared invalid, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland reserves the right to determine that a winning team is disqualified.
  25. All entrants agree to be bound by the rules of the competition; failure on the part of any entrant to adhere to any or all of these rules will render the entry in question invalid.