SUSTAINABILITY High praise for students’ green campaign

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Civic-minded Transition Year students at Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh have orchestrated a groundbreaking campaign for the ‘One Good Idea’ environment competition and recently emerged as one of 20 groups in the national final on May 6 in Dublin Castle. The group, which consists of Jack Bowler, Cathal Gunning, Stephen Henry and Jake Stanton, represent the only school in Mayo to reach the final.
‘One Good Idea’ is a Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) environmental competition. It is for secondary school students whose aim is to run a campaign raising awareness about climate change and the ways it can be tackled by using energy more efficiently and making changes in the way we live, work and travel.
The group aimed their campaign at primary school children and focused their efforts on everyday energy saving. The project went through many intricate stages from the groundwork, which included researching and planning, all the way through to implementing the campaign at Murrisk, Lecanvey and Louisburgh National Schools. The group made an ‘energy-saving superhero’ stand-up prop, aptly named Enviroman, which the campaign revolved around.
They also designed an original environmental board game, quizzes, a website, social network sites, bookmarks and handmade t-shirts, all of which promote energy awareness in a fun and interactive way.
The whole campaign was driven by the group’s deep-rooted determination to improve the present state of our environment and combat climate change.
The group were highly commended on their project in Dublin by Minister Eamon Ryan, John O’Mahony T.D. and the host for the day Mr. Tony Fenton. You can visit the group’s website at or you can contact them by email on