YEA 2017 Winners

Ireland's greenest teens were honoured at the finals of the Young Environmentalists Awards 2017, which took place on May 23rd at the Round Room in Dublin's Mansion House.


At the special awards ceremony in Dublin, hosted by Ande Gray and Clara Murray, presenters of RTEjr 'Pop goes the weekend', projects across a wide range of innovative environmental themes, designed and put into action by young people from across the island of Ireland, were selected as winners.


The 18th edition of the Young Environmentalist Awards featured projects from schools and young people between the ages of 10 and 18 across the island of Ireland. Over 80 groups were shortlisted from over 285 entries for the finals from over 4,000 young people who participated in the awards.


The innovative winners include pioneering projects such as the creation of vibrant bio-diverse habitats for bees; the design of a new, sustainable school as well the creation and development of micro-bead free, organic beauty products.


(The Overall Senior Winners, young people from Bailieborough Community School with ECO-UNESCO Director Elaine Nevin, and UNESCO Representative Philippe Pypaert)


Young people from Bailieborough Community School in Co. Cavan and their project ‘The Rowan Project’, won the Overall Senior Award and the Senior Biodiversity Award. They designed and constructed an outdoor garden at school that would support rich biodiversity, and encouraged their fellow students to participate in outdoor activities. They also built a nature trail and presented their project to Minister Heather Humphries.


Young people from Loreto College Swords took home the Overall Junior Award for their project ‘Let it Bee’, which also scooped the Biodiversity Award. The young people built a habitat for bees and other insects and raised awareness about the decline in bee population due to chemical sprays and the threat of pollutants to the natural world.


The group planted a garden, organised a concert and a drama, and provided flower seeds for parents and Fingal County Council to plant.


The Super Junior Award went to the 'ECO-Pirates' project from Kill O' The Grange National School, Co. Dublin. The project saw the group lobby for the introduction of a 'bottle bill', which would see a deposit levied on all glass bottles sold in the Republic and dramatically reduce the amount of plastic we use. They dressed up as pirates to present the bill to their Councillor, Cormac Devlin, and also did a play where they dressed up as pirates.


Click here to see the photo album of all the wonderful Finalist projects and highlights of the day.



(The Super Junior Winner 'ECO-Pirates' with Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten, Elaine Nevin and Jamie Cudden (ECO-UNESCO)

 Full list of winners


Project Title


Bailieborough Community School, Co. Cavan

The Rowan Project

Overall Senior + Senior Biodiversity

Loreto College Swords, Dublin

Let it Bee

Overall Junior + Junior Biodiversity

Kill O' The Grange National School, Blackrock


Overall Super-Junior

Ashbourne Community School, Co. Meath

Let's Get Nifty with Ireland 2015

Senior Climate Change (Joint)

Castleisland Community College, Co. Kerry

Planet Savers

Senior Climate Change (Joint)

Cork Educate Together Secondary School

Sustainable School for the Future; Food Garden and Permaculture Design for CETSS

Junior Climate Change

Drimnagh Castle Secondary School, Dublin

DC Sculptures

Senior ECO-Art & Design

Carlow Vocational School, Carlow

John Tyndall Eco-Warriors

Junior ECO-Art & Design Award

Stoneybatter Youth Service, Dublin

Cycle Against Racism

Senior ECO-Community Development Award 

Youth Work Ireland Monaghan Clones, Co. Monaghan

Be a Trooper, Use Your Scooper

Junior ECO-Community Development Award 

Newpark Comprehensive School, Co. Dublin


Senior ECO-Enterprise Award

Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan, Co. Dublin

The Green Book of Recipes

Senior ECO-Health & Wellbeing Award (Joint)

St. Louis Community School, Co. Mayo

Making Our School a Healthier Place

Senior ECO-Health & Wellbeing Award (Joint)

St. Colm's High School, Co. Derry

Exercise in the Great Outdoors

Junior ECO-Health & Wellbeing Award

Carndonagh Community School, Co. Donegal


Senior Energy Award

Lanesboro Community College, Co. Longford

The Winds of Change: Attitudes towards wind power in our community

Junior Energy Award

St. Vincent's Secondary School, Co. Louth

Park and Stride

Senior Transport Award

Carrickmacross Youthreach, Co. Monaghan

What a Waste

Senior Waste Award

Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Co. Clare

Plastic Never Goes Away

Junior Waste Award (Joint)

Stoneybatter Youth Service, Dublin

Binning = Winning

Junior Waste Award (Joint)

Christ King Girls Secondary School, Cork

Eliminate the Mincrobeads

Senior Water Award (Joint)

Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Co. Clare

Uisce Aille - Mapping the Aille Catchment

Senior Water Award (Joint)

Ursuline Convent Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Ban the Bead

Junior Water Award

Youth For Sustainable Development Programme, Dublin

A Write to Refuge

Senior Local to Global Award

St. Laurence's National School, Co. Dublin

Irish Tree Trail

Super Junior Local to Global Award

Moate Community School, Co. Westmeath

Awakening Our Senses

Special Achievement Grow Award

Susan Adams

Kill O' The Grange NS and Newpark Comprehensive School

ECO-Leader Award

Blakestown Community School, Dublin

Recycling Rangers

People's Choice Award

Coláiste Na Sceilge & Kerry Diocesan Youth Service, Co. Kerry

Ag Obair le Chéile

Best Action Project Award

Drimnagh Castle Secondary School, Dublin

Operation Pond: Phase 2

Most Sustainable Award

Coláiste Pobail Setanta, Dublin

Setanta's Leave No Trace Action Project

Most Passionate Award

CBS Charleville Secondary School, Cork

Ditch Your Carbon Cup Print

Most Innovative

Mercy Mounthawk School Mountahwk, Co. Kerry

The Wellness Way

Best Display Award

Skerries Community College & Ardgillan Community College, Dublin

Can a little Lichen identify a lot of Pollution?

Best Awareness Raising