January 7, 2013 at 3:24 PM Leave a comment

ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards 2013 is well underway. We will be updating the blog every week with updates and information, so remember to keep checking in.
Thousands of young environmentalists in schools, youth groups and Youthreach centres throughout the Island of Ireland are currently making positive contributions to their environment and community by carrying out environmental action projects. If you have yet to register your environmental action project please do so now. Each young person who submits a project receives a Certificate of Participation. The participant’s efforts are recognised as well as giving them the opportunity to showcase their project and win further prizes and awards.
ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards programme supports, compliments and rewards projects done as part of other programmes such as: Green/Eco-Schools, Gaisce Awards, One good idea, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, IMPACT Awards, Young Social Innovators, BT Young Scientist etc.
Following some excellent project entries in 2012, we have introduced a new category this year: ECO Health and Wellbeing. For further information on this new category, please visit our website.
Your school/group may have already carried out an environmental project or are in the process of doing something associated with the environment, why not submit it as a Young Environmentalist Awards project? E.g. Christmas decorations from recycled materials, Halloween costumes from items you had around the house, an area in your community that needs to be cleaned up and replanted, CSPE action projects based on an environmental issue, TY group considering learning a new skill for other awards/programmes e.g. Gaisce /Green flag or you could host a poster competition to highlight an environmental issue, eg minimising energy waste in the school/home. Develop a flyer to encourage people to minimise water waste (as water charges are due to come into Ireland). Simply choose an environmental issue and submit your project into the Young Environmentalist Awards.
There are also loads of past projects and ideas and support information in our manual (see below), but should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me. Click below for the Young Environmentalist Awards resource Manual:
Please feel free to browse the ECO-UNESCO website http://www.ecounesco.ie where you will find links to sample projects, videos and pictures of last year’s awards, which will provide you and your group with regular updates and Young Environmentalist Awards news.
Registration is free and only takes a few minutes to complete: http://ecounesco.ie/yea-register-now.html
When you register you receive a free support pack which includes submission requirements, judging criteria and many more useful tools and tips.
We continue to offer a number of awards which were introduced in 2011.
This year once again we will have our very popular People’s Choice Award where we aim to get more people aware of the fantastic eco-action being carried out throughout Ireland and the North by encouraging the public to vote online.
The Local to Global Award to encourage projects on global sustainability.
The ECO-Leader Award for committed Young Environmentalist Award Leaders.
The ECO Sustainability Award for Centres and Organisations Award that are sustainable in practice. Contact ysd@ecounesco.ie for more information.
The ‘WasteMatchers’ Award which places emphasis on creating ‘something new from something old’; (this award is sponsored by Cork County Council and only open to groups from Cork). http://www.wastematchers.com/showPage.php?ID=31&PHPSESSID=8ed6c5ab11ba051dd3727399d4493ae5
We are also offering a special Alu-ECO Art and Design Award which goes to projects who come up with creative and innovative ways of using old aluminium e.g. cans etc. The prize will be awarded to the entrant who has best used aluminium cans and foils to create something different. The judges are looking for creativity, imagination and innovation and the winning creation will be chosen for its originality and environmental message. http://www.aluproireland.ie/Schools.html for further information and ideas.

Once you have completed your environmental action and recorded your project, submit it by post or in person to ECO UNESCOs office in Dublin.

Project Submission (Deadline February 22nd 2013)
Project submissions require the following completed documents, in order to judge your project correctly:
• Your registration number (see above) marked on all items: reports, 3d pieces, emails.
• Submission form (download on our website or we will email this to you).
• Completed written project report (max 3000 words) along with evidence of work carried out during the project. This can be supplemented with a video diary, photo scrapbook, CD-ROM, Project diary, Song/music, poetry, drama, etc.
• Teacher/Leader Evaluation sheet (print from Pg 46 of manual available online).
• Participant Evaluation sheet: completed by each group member (Pg 49 of manual)
• Group photo (hard or soft copy).

Projects can be submitted by post from Monday 11th February, 2012 until the deadline on Friday 22nd February, 2013.

We will run our regional ‘Dragons Den’ style ECO-Dens in March 2013, which were hugely successful and popular in 2011 and 2012. The Dens provide your group with the opportunity to pitch their project to a panel of judges and network with other young environmentalists in your region.

March 8th: Munster: Lifetime lab, Lee road, Cork
March 12th: Ulster: Lough Neagh Discovery centre, Craigavon
March 14th: Connaught: ClareGalway hotel
March 20th & 21st: The Green house, Dublin

From this regional judging phase, the final 60 shortlisted groups will be chosen to showcase their project at the Annual Showcase and Awards Ceremony on the 22nd May, 2013.

From all of us at ECO-UNESCO, we look forward to receiving your project and hearing all about the great environmental work you get up to over the year. Remember the ECO-UNESCO team is always here for you and your group to offer support throughout every step of the programme.
For further information, please contact:
Sarah-Jane Taylor, Environmental Youth Officer yea@ecounesco.ie T. +353 1 6625491


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Many thanks to everyone who supported the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2012 Project submission is nearly here!!!

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