St Vincent’s Secondary School reach final of SEAI’s One Good Idea event
St Vincent’s Secondary School in Dundalk reached the National Final of this year’s Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s One Good Idea event earlier this week.
They were one of 20 finalists to present their campaign to a panel of judges at the SEAI One Good Idea National Finals, which took place on Tuesday at the Croke Park Conference Centre.
SEAI’s One Good Idea Competition, which is kindly supported by AIB, encourages students to create innovative and inspiring campaigns to highlight the small changes that can make a big difference to our lives, our pockets and our planet. This year, over 350 campaigns were developed by young people all over Ireland with 20 teams progressing to the national finals.
St Vincent’s were one of two finalists from Co Louth, alongside Drogheda Grammar School.
The St Vincent’s project was ‘Drive Smart’, an energy saving idea aimed at encouraging people to change a few things they do whilst driving and looking after their car. These changes are all aimed at increasing drivers’ fuel efficiency and decrease the amount of pollution they create. The tips include: reading the road ahead and slowing down well ahead of time instead of heaving braking, checking tyre pressure every six months, turning off window demisters as soon as windows are demisted etc.
Speaking at the final, Mr Jim Gannon, Chief Executive of the SEAI, said: “What this programme shows is that we have some of the brightest and most creative minds in the country. The campaigns were of an exceptional standard this year and demonstrated the creativity and determination of our country’s young people in contributing to a better, more sustainable future. That is what One Good Idea is all about – empowering young people and encouraging small changes that collectively make a big difference.
“I would like to pay tribute to the teachers who get their students involved in important campaigns like this one. Young people learn by example, so thank you for the great example you are setting our younger generations.”
Pictured above L-R: Shauna King, Lily McGahon, Annalise Irwin, Aoife O’Brien, Neasa Reilly and Emily Lucid with their project Drive Smart, from St Vincents Secondary School in Dundalk. Photo: Karl Hussey / Fennell Photography