One Good Idea Winners 2017 - Congratulations!

Overall Winner 2017 - Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles, Co. Tippeary
Overall Winner 2017Team 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 consumptions 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 2017 - St Patricks NS Bruee, Co. Limerick
Primary Winners 2017The 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 both that when you waste water you are also wasting energy. To counter this 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 2017 - Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana, Co. Donegal
Senior Winner 2017Walk 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 this they ran a scheme with a group of second year students in our school 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 1316280 steps extra preventing 167.028 kilograms of harmful emissions from being released into the atmosphere.  They spread their message via an awareness walk with the whole school through the town on 17th February 2017. This made our 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 we were doing across to them. 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 2017 - Seamount College, Kinvara, Co. Galway
Green is the New Black is the greener fashion initiative set up by a team of second year students in Seamount College. They have discovered the extent of the waste created and energy used in the crJunior Winner 2017eation 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 School Runner-Up 2017 - Rahara NS, Co. Roscommon
Primary Runner Up 2017The Fooderinos project is all about food miles. They 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, carrots from Ireland and Spain both found in the same supermarket with over two thousand kilometres in travel distance between them. They shared their message in a number of clever ways including colouring competitions based around their mascot Barry Broccoli and one member of the team has coded a game on scratch to educate people on food miles. Thet have also been interviewed on Shannonside Radio where they performed their rap about food miles that they wrote themselves. 


AIB Special Merit Award - CBS Colaiste Michil, Limerick City
AIB Special Merit AwardCleaner 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 them with fantastic costumes where they were dressed as common household appliances and electronic devices which 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. They want to reach the final of the competition as they feel it will help them raise the interest in their school for energy efficiency and they want to act as the driving force that is necessary in teaching their peers 



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