FUEL YOUR SCHOOL with Mooney, in association with Electric Ireland and GreenStar!

It’s September which means It’s Back to School and to kick off the new school year, Mooney, in association with Electric Ireland and Greenstar, are giving Primary Schools across Ireland the chance to FUEL YOUR SCHOOL and win a whole year’s supply of energy*.

Every primary school in Ireland will have the chance to win free electricity to the value of €5,000 for one year.

The competition is inspired by a new report, which highlights how initiatives across RTÉ, in waste management, energy and water conservation have resulted in environmental related savings of €700,000, prevented 3694 tonnes of waste going to landfill, and elevated recycling rates of 74% for 2012.

The report was published by RTÉ, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency and Greenstar; click here to read the full report.

How to enter:

Derek wants your principal, or a school representative, to tell him in not more than 400 words and one accompanying photograph, not more than 1MB, what they have done to improve their environment, either in the school or in their locality.

Simply e-mail your entry to fuelyourschool@rte.ie. The closing date is Wednesday, September 11th 2013.  All entries should include school name, and address, with a contact number for the designated person. Please remember to clearly state your province at the top of your entry.

There will be four winning schools, one from each province which will be selected by an expert Mooney Goes Wild judging panel.


Meet the Judges!

Leinster: Jim Wilson

Jim is a wildlife writer and educator, and also an international wildlife tour guide. He has been interested in Irish wildlife and the environment for over 40 years. In fact his first nature notebook dates from 1972! He is a former chairman of BirdWatch Ireland, and set up their long-running Garden Bird Survey in 1987. His aim is to heighten people's awareness of the incredible natural heritage we have here in Ireland. To this end he has written a number of books including A Guide To The Identification Of The Whales And Dolphins Of Ireland (2006), Ireland’s Garden Birds (2008) and The Birds Of Ireland, A Field Guide (2013).


Munster: Eanna ni Lamhna

Eanna Ni Lamhna holds degrees in Botany and Ecology from UCD as well as the H. Dip. Ed. She started her working life in An Foras Forbartha where she was in charge of the Irish Biological Records Centre doing the initial work on mapping the distribution of Irish plants and animals in the 1970’s and 80’s. She has worked as a lecturer in DIT for the past 20 years teaching the principles of sustainable development to both post graduate and undergraduate students. She is a former president of An Taisce and is currently president of the Tree Council of Ireland. She is the author of several books on wildlife, the most recent being Wild Dublin (O'Brien Press), and Wild Things At School (Heritage Council). Her distinctive Co. Louth accent makes hers one of the most recognisable voices on radio.


Ulster: Richard Collins

An eccentric from Limerick, Richard is a polymath with primary degrees in Electrical Engineering, Philosophy, English and a PhD in Zoology. He has published papers on Mute Swans in Biology & Environment, Ringing & Migration, Wildfowl, Waterbirds and Irish Birds. His papers on telecommunications topics have appeared in engineering journals. An experienced broadcaster, he has contributed to Mooney Goes Wild since its inception. A former Honorary Secretary of the Irish Wildbird Conservancy (now BirdWatch Ireland), he serves on the Board of Dublin Zoo. Richard teaches at the Adult Education Department UCD, where he is known for his quirky and colourful lecturing style.

Connaught: Terry Flanagan

A trained biologist, Terry is the senior Science teacher in Moyle Park College and has been teaching there for 35 years now. He is also a senior Leaving Certificate Biology examiner. He is responsible for the setting up of Senior and Junior Science clubs in the College encouraging many students to follow a Science career. He has contributed enormously to wildlife organisations over many years. He is a past Secretary of the Institute of Biology (professional biologists in Ireland). Terry is presently the Science and Wildlife reporter on the Mooney Goes Wild, and has been since the programme went on air.



Terms & Conditions

* There is no cash equivalent for this prize.

* Electric Ireland & Greenstar will provide free electricity for one year from October 1st to a maximum of €5000. Electric Ireland will supply its share of the overall prize in the form of credit for electricity. Electric Ireland is the supplier of this prize.

* The winners will be selected by an independent judging panel of Mooney’s environmental contributors. The judges’ decision is final.

* Judges: Jim Wilson (Leinster), Éanna Ní Lamhna (Munster), Richard Collins (Ulster) and Terry Flanagan (Connaught)

* The competition is open to primary schools in the Republic of Ireland.

*Only one entry per school will be accepted

* The closing date for entries is Wednesday, September 11th 2013.

* All of RTÉ’s Standard Terms & Conditions for RTÉ Competitions apply - click here for a detailed breakdown: http://www.rte.ie/about/en/serving-our-audience/2012/0222/291673-competition-voting-terms-conditions


RTÉ, Greenstar & Electric Ireland Team Up To FUEL YOUR SCHOOL

New Report Shows Greener, Leaner RTÉ Secures €700,000 in Environmental Savings

RTÉ today published a new report, in conjunction the Environmental Protection Agency and Greenstar, which outlines its environmental progress over the past decade. The report reviews a broad range of environmental initiatives across RTÉ, from waste management to energy and water conservation, have resulted in environmental related cost savings of €700,000 for the organisation over a ten year period. To mark its publication, RTÉ Radio 1’s Mooney programme, in association with RTÉ, Greenstar and Electric Ireland, will launch FUEL YOUR SCHOOL, a nationwide competition offering four primary schools in the Republic of Ireland the chance to win a year’s free energy.

Environmental sustainability is an important part of RTÉ’s overall transformation. RTÉ has reduced running costs by over €104m between 2008 and 2012. The environmental related savings of €700,000 were achieved through a range of corporate initiatives, which prevented more than 3694 tonnes of waste going to landfill, and elevated recycling rates to 74% for 2012.

Noel Curran, Director General of RTÉ, said: “With increased levels of awareness on environmental issues, as well as the ongoing need to save money, there is a real imperative to become more efficient. We have greatly improved our results in environmental best practice and achieved significant cost savings. I’m proud that RTÉ is not only becoming greener, but also leaner, ensuring better value for our audience.”

Commenting on today’s announcement, Jerry Dempsey, Commercial Director Greenstar, said: “We are pleased to be supporting this report and the FUEL YOUR SCHOOL initiative. At Greenstar we have a strong focus on environmental sustainability, and we believe school children should be educated and equipped with the know-how to develop practical solutions that will make their local environment a healthier place.”

Mr Dempsey continued: “We have been RTÉ’s partner in waste management for the past 10 years. It’s a great honour to have played a role in assisting the organisation to implement significant changes which have in turn enhanced and transformed the efficiency of its environmental performance.”

Electric Ireland also welcomed the nationwide awareness campaign and the FUEL YOUR SCHOOL competition.