Win an Operation Energy eco-grant of £300 for your schools environmental projects

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Eco-Schools in the Ballymoney area could benefit from a financial power boost for environmental projects which they’re undertaking following the announcement of a major new competition from Eco-Schools sponsors Airtricity.

The exciting new competition offers individual eco-grants of up to £300 for innovative environmental projects in local schools.

The competition is part of Operation Energy, an exciting new online education resource programme from Airtricity, principle sponsors of Eco-Schools.

The competition is open to any Eco-School that is registered with Operation Energy. Registration is easy and is free of charge – to register your Eco-School simply log-on to www.operation-energy.com.

To be in with a chance of winning a £300 eco-grant, all any Eco-School needs to do is tell the Operation Energy team how they would spend the eco-grant to make their school more environmentally friendly. Entries can be in whatever format pupils feel best represents the project, whether a storyboard, a photograph or even a video, along with a short 200 word description.

There are three eco-grant prizes available, including a Top Prize of £300, a Second Prize of £100 and a Third Prize of £75. The competition is open to new environmental projects as well as existing projects that can be further developed or expanded with a prize grant. Entries should be emailed to operationenergy@airtricity.com by Wednesday 4th April 2012.

Josh Bradley, Airtricity’s Operation Energy Project Leader said, “At Airtricity we believe that our young student leaders in Eco-Schools all over Northern Ireland can play a vital role in helping their schools to reduce their energy use and their carbon footprint.

A key part of our energy efficiency message is education, particularly amongst. Also in practical terms cutting back on energy usage is a great way for schools to make tight budgets stretch further in these tough financial times

“Our young eco-champions in local communities are playing a pivotal role in developing good habits to become more energy-aware and environmentally-friendly and they’re taking these habits and knowledge forward throughout their daily lives. Through our work with Operation Energy we’ve already discovered some really fantastic projects that Eco-Schools are currently undertaking to raise their environmental awareness and improve their energy efficiency. Now, our new eco-grant competition will recognise and reward this creativity in a very practical and important way. I would urge all Eco-Schools to get involved and enter for an eco-grant by loging-on to Operation Energy now.”

Carmel Fyfe – Eco-Schools Manager said, “Operation Energy is a great resource to help Eco-Schools studying the Energy topic as part of their Eco-Schools programme. Schools can find a range of exciting and interesting lesson plans, games and activities focused on the topic of Energy which will certainly support them with their projects. It is fantastic to see Eco-Schools working on reducing their energy consumption and the competition is a great way to reward Eco-Schools for their efforts.”