Ulidia called to enter ‘green’ challenge

Ulidia called to enter ‘green’ challenge

Ulidia has entered an exciting competition called the AES Eco-Challenge.


The AES Eco Challenge, in partnership with Business in the Community, is a Dragon’s Den-style competition challenging students to develop a proposal for a sustainability-themed initiative in their area. Three schools – one from each Council area – Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus and Larne will receive funding of up to £4,000 to implement their proposed initiative. An overall winner from the three schools reaching the final will receive an additional £1,000 along with student prizes.


Davy Elliott, Compliance Manager, AES explains: “As a local employer and global energy provider, we wanted to engage with local schools who are educating the workforce of the future. The projects aims to educate young people about sustainability issues, leave a positive legacy in communities in the East Antrim area and engage pupils in the STEM agenda. Our challenge is open to pupils now in Year 11 who are interested in sustainability issues and want to make a difference in their local community.


“It’s a great initiative and we hope as many schools as possible from the local area get involved.”


Gillian McKee, Deputy Managing Director, Business in the Community adds: “The challenge seeks to encourage students to work in partnership with their local community or a local business with sustainable actions at the top of the agenda. Ideas might include developing a community garden or playground, refurbishing an area of waste land, generating an energy-saving initiative or re-using waste materials – all with the intention of providing benefits to the community or the business. Incorporating the STEM agenda, we really hope to see ideas that have a science, technology or engineering slant.


We wish our pupils the very best of luck and we will keep you updated.