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ANSI Launches Web Resource for P3 Design Teams

New York, Dec 10, 2004

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has launched a new web portal ( for use by students and faculty in support of the “P3 Award,” a university outreach project in the area of sustainable development and design. The “P3 Award” is a design competition for university student/faculty teams sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and more than thirty partners. The ANSI web portal contains general standards information, links and resources, and contacts at standard developing organizations to bolster the “real-world” relationship between design, sustainability, standards and conformity assessment.

In October, 66 project teams from 51 universities were selected to receive $10,000 grants that will support research, design and development of sustainable solutions to environmental challenges. The projects fall within seven categories of work: agriculture, built environment, ecosystems, materials and chemicals, energy, information resources, and water. Many of the projects selected appear to be aligned with the scope of work of ANSI-accredited standards developers.

On behalf of its members and the standardization and conformity assessment community, ANSI developed a "Standards Resource Guide" for use by the P3 student design teams. ANSI encourages members of the standards development community to assist in submiting content to the portal and providing resources to support the design teams in their efforts.

In mid-May 2005, the participating design teams will compete for the P3 Award on the National Mall in Washington, DC during EPA’s Annual Science Forum. The National Academy of Engineering will convene a panel of judges for the competition and the winning team will receive additional funding to pursue development of its design plan.

Due to the success of this competition, the EPA recently announced its plan to continue the P3 Award as an annual event. Proposals for the 2nd Annual P3 Award competition will be accepted through January 27, 2005, with funding available for the 2005-2006 academic years.

Those developers interested in working with university faculty and students on the P3 Award project or would like to submit content for the “Standards Resources” web portal may contact ANSI ( For more information on the P3 program, visit or

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