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Energy Globe Award goes to "One Good Idea"

1 July 2014

The winner of this year's Energy Globe Award for Ireland is Aoife Cannon from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) for her "One Good Idea" project, a competition for primary school children to promote energy efficiency in their daily lives. Austrian Ambassador Dr. Thomas Nader and Commercial Counsellor Wilhelm Nest presented the award to her at the Advantage Austria Summer Reception on Thursday 3 July 2014.

"One Good Idea" is a competition that is run in schools throughout Ireland with the aim of improving the understanding of climate change and energy efficiency through the medium of imaginative and innovative campaigns devised by the students themselves. To date, over 1000 teams from 300 schools have taken part in the competition, that is currently in its 6th year.

The project is now a firm entry in many school calendars throughout Ireland. What's more, the environmental impact of the project is substantial;  Aoife Cannon estimates that in the past 5 years 100,000 people have been reached by these campaigns. The project objectives are to provide a medium for teachers and students to learn actively about sustainable energy, to empower students to influence change in their communities and to foster a sense of individual and collective responsibility.

The goals thus far have been met, with the medium for teachers and students being provided through the competition itself, and with thousands of children particpating, learning and passing on messages of environmental awareness. "The project has been such a success that we now plan to expand it to post-primary schools", says Aoife Cannon.

About Aoife
Aoife Cannon holds a B.A. in Business Studies and has extensive work experience in environmental education. She currently manages the SEAI’s Education Programme which provides an extensive range of resources to primary and post-primary schools in Ireland who want to teach energy within the curricula and also save energy and costs through improved energy management. Aoife is passionately driven to pass on positive environmental messages to children, saying, if we teach important issues to our children from the beginning we will face fewer problems in the future.

Reason for jury decision:
"Responsible resource consumption and efficient use of energy are important to leave an intact environment for future generations. Our young people are the key to achieve this as they are the consumers and decision makers of tomorrow. This year’s National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Ireland teaches young students on the important areas of climate change and energy efficiency and thus raises awareness on a broad level. It also encourages these students to develop their own ideas and gain hands-on experience through active learning. Congratulations on this great initiative!"

About the Energy Globe Award
The Energy Globe Award was started in 1999 by the Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann and is one of today’s most prestigious environmental awards. The goal of the Award is to present successful sustainable projects to a broad audience.

ENERGY GLOBE issues a global call every year for best practice sustainability projects. Some 800 projects and initiatives are submitted annually from around the world to compete for the awards. There is one award per country per year and one overall winner.

Do you have a project for next year's competition? If so check out the Energy Globe Award website under this link:
Energy Globe Award website