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EPA Announces 66 Research Grants to Develop Sustainability Designs in P3 Award Competition


Washington DC, Oct 26, 2004

The “P3 Award” is a national student design competition launched by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that provides grants to teams of college students to research, develop and design sustainable solutions to environmental challenges. On October 22, EPA announced that 66 student teams have received awards up to $10,000 each for the 2004-2005 academic year to research and develop designs that incorporate and support environmental and economic goals of sustainability. The teams from 51 universities will take their designs to a national competition in May.

The P3 -- People, Prosperity, and the Planet -- national student design competition was launched in January 2004 to help achieve the mutual goals of economic prosperity, protection of the planet’s natural systems, and a higher quality of life for all. The American National Standards Institute joins more than 40 partners in the federal government, industry, and scientific and professional societies to provide support for the competition. As a P3 partner, ANSI will be developing an online "Standards Resource Guide" for use by the student design teams. [See related story: Student Design Competition Highlights People, Prosperity and the Planet]

On May 16 and 17, 2005, all teams will be invited to bring their designs to the National Mall in Washington, DC, to compete for the P3 Award. The National Academy of Engineering will convene a panel of judges for the competition. Winners of the P3 Award will be eligible for additional funds from EPA to match contributions from industry or non-governmental organizations to help further develop the design, implement the project in the field, and move the design to the marketplace.

According to EPA, these projects focus on green buildings and sustainable construction materials, biodiesel production and use, drinking water quality and supply, alternative energy sources and fuel cells, urban redevelopment, green chemistry, and other designs to protect the environment and public health and to provide economic opportunities for the planet’s citizens.

EPA is now accepting applications from student teams for the 2005 P3 competition. The competition is open to students attending colleges, universities, and other post-secondary educational institutions in the U.S. Interdisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged, including representatives from multiple engineering departments and departments of chemistry, architecture, industrial design, economics, policy, social sciences, business, etc. The deadline for receipt of applications is Jan. 27, 2005.

More information about the awards and the 2005 competition can be found at http://www.epa.gov/P3.

Information on the P3 national student design competition teams is available at http://es.epa.gov/ncer/p3/projects/index.html.

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