Offaly students scoop European Energy Award

Students from Tullamore College, Co Offaly represented Ireland at the U4Energy Awards in Brussels recently and brought home an energy efficiency award for their Good Green Fun campaign.

Students from Tullamore College, Co Offaly represented Ireland at the U4Energy Awards in Brussels recently and brought home an energy efficiency award for their Good Green Fun campaign.

Students Ross Hayden, Jack Delaney, Andrew Healion, Livio Fuse, Gavin Murphy and Catriona Katrolyna from Tullamore College were invited to submit their project to the U4energy competition after being selected as finalists in SEAI’s One Good Idea Project last May with the same project. Their classmate Katie Rabbitte travelled to Brussels to represent Tullamore College and the Good Green Fun team last week.

U4energy is the first pan-European competition on energy education organised by the European Commission which allows students to compete with schools from all over Europe and share their results and projects beyond national boundaries.

For the Good Green Fun campaign, the students used traditional board games and gave them an energy efficient twist. They used recyclable material at the school such as wood and scrap metal to create Monopoly, Twister, Guess Who, Operation and Hungry Hippos. For Monopoly- they created energy efficiency names of streets such as solar lane and energy alley, chance cards were still used while wheelie bin cards were used instead of community chest. They used topical issues such as household charges, water charges and septic tank charges in the game too, they called the game Eco-opoly!

Commenting on the award, Aoife Cannon, Education Programme Executive with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) said: “Following winning at a national level, we are delighted that the efforts of the students from Tullamore College were recognised at a European level and is testament to the hard work put in by the students and their teacher, Ms Emma Coyne. They were finalists in this year’s One Good Idea project allowing them to compete in the inaugural pan-European U4Energy Awards. They were up against over 100 schools from across Europe so to come home with an award is an amazing achievement. Students wishing to follow in their footsteps should log onto www.seai.ie/onegoodidea and they could be representing Ireland at the U4Energy awards 2013”.

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