Students from three Tipperary schools nominated for One Good Idea Final

Students from Colaiste Chluain Meala, Presentation Secondary School and Our Ladys Secondary School are three of twenty finalists in the nationwide search for ONE GOOD IDEA to tackle climate change and promote energy efficiency.

Students from Colaiste Chluain Meala, Presentation Secondary School and Our Ladys Secondary School are three of twenty finalists in the nationwide search for ONE GOOD IDEA to tackle climate change and promote energy efficiency.

The One Good Idea project is organised by SEAI and supported by the Better Energy programme and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. The aim of the project 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 and to highlight how one good idea can make a big difference to our pockets, ourselves and our planet.

The One Suir Thing team from Colaiste Chluain Meala, the Generation Green team from Presentation Secondary School and the Climate Change Busters team from Our Ladys Secondary School will have the opportunity to showcase their work at the prestigious national final which will take place in Dublin Castle on Thursday 3rd of May. The judges will listen to each team present their campaign and winning teams will be rewarded with fantastic prizes including €1,000 for their school, iPod Touches and iTunes vouchers – and a prestigious trophy. Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Fergus O’Dowd TD will be in attendance.

Aoife Cannon, Education Executive with SEAI said of the project “We had a tough job choosing the finalists this year but Colaiste Chluain Meala, Presentation Secondary School and Our Ladys Secondary School made a very strong impression on the judges with their innovative projects and deep understanding of the topic. The high standard of this year’s entries far exceeded our expectations and it has been very encouraging to see the time and effort the students put in – we are looking forward to the final already”.

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: adults and the wider community, their peers 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.

For more information on the One Good Idea project log onto www.seai.ie/onegoodidea, email onegoodidea@realevents.ie or call 01 5224830.