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Sustainable Design Teams Gear Up for Annual P3 Competition


New York, Apr 20, 2006

On May 9 and 10, more than 350 students from universities across the nation will gather in Washington, DC, to compete for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Second Annual P3 Award. Launched by the EPA to promote environmental and economic sustainability, the P3 (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) competition will showcase the design projects of 41 student teams selected in October to develop sustainable solutions to environmental challenges.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) joined more than forty partners from government, industry, and non-governmental organizations to raise awareness of the relationship between design, sustainability, and standards. ANSI’s support for the P3 teams included the development of a P3 web portal and “Standards Resource Guide” that provide students and faculty with helpful standards information, links, and contacts at standards developing organizations.

Many of the design projects have aligned with the activities of ANSI-accredited standards developing organizations. One P3 team from the University of Virginia has utilized the resources of ASTM International, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the International Code Council (ICC) to assist in the development “ecoMOD,”—a project to build an ecological, modular, and affordable housing system for areas in need.

Projects will be evaluated for their impact on furthering sustainability in the developed or developing world. The winning design teams will be granted funding of up to $75,000 to advance their projects and move them to the marketplace.

The P3 Awards event will be held at the National Sustainable Design Expo on the National Mall in Washington, DC, on May 9 and 10. ANSI will exhibit at the event, and will provide materials and information about the standards community at booth 73.

ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel