Aoife McKeon - Empowering Communities

"I hope to encourage impactful individual change with the aim of raising awareness about the aim to become a Smart City."


My Positive Energy Champion project was called King's Island Energy and used a crowd source-mapping tool to gather info on the community's thoughts on renewable energy potential in the area. The theme was Empowering Communities and the aim was to gather interested parties to potentially form a Sustainable Energy Community.

The input from the CityxChange team in Limerick was great, we worked together to make the project visual and engaging.

Using the King's Island Energy mapping tool we got 50 entries for different types of energy in different locations throughout the island. It was interesting to see the potential that is there.

It is hard to find people motivated to help stop climate change. Maybe because we were in a pandemic people were just trying to get through and not thinking ahead. I feel like the project I did not resonate with enough people, I didn't think it was complicated but not that many individuals got involved.

I think my project made an impact to the particular people who added to the map. As they began to think about future ideas for renewables

Next, we are discussing setting up a Sustainable Energy Community.

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