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Student Teams Recognized for Sustainable Design Projects

Sustainability Designs will help People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3)*

Washington, DC, May 16, 2005

E. Timothy Oppelt, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development, announced this evening the winners of EPA’s first Annual P3 Awards – People, Prosperity, and the Planet.

Seven student teams from Oberlin College, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Colorado at Denver, University of California-Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Michigan were honored this evening at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., for their innovative designs for a sustainable tomorrow. Out of a group of 65 teams composed of more than 400 university students and advisors, these seven teams were chosen for the creativity and utility of their sustainability designs.

"The originality and breadth of these projects demonstrates the high degree of innovation and environmental interest that exists on college campuses today,” said Oppelt. “These young students represent the scientific leadership of tomorrow.”

The P3 Award was launched in 2004 to respond to the challenges of the developed and developing world in moving toward sustainability. This national competition enables college students to research, develop and design scientific, technical and policy solutions to sustainability challenges. Their designs will help achieve the mutual goals of economic prosperity while providing a higher quality of life and protecting the planet.

To win, a team had to successfully describe how their project related to P3 – people, prosperity and the planet – the cornerstones of sustainability. The teams also needed to prove the relevance, significance, and impact of its designs on furthering the goal of sustainability in the developed or developing world. A panel convened by the National Academy of Sciences, advisors to the nation on science, engineering and medicine, judged the competition.

Support for the competition includes more than 40 partners in the federal government, industry and scientific and professional societies. ANSI joined as a P3 partner on behalf of the U.S. standardization community; it is a major component of ANSI’s current university outreach activities.

As a part of its contribution, the ANSI education and training services team developed a web portal ( for use by students and faculty in support of the P3 Award. The 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. ANSI was also an exhibitor at the P3 exhibition on the National Mall in Washington, DC, held earlier today. The exhibition continues tomorrow.

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 were due January 27, 2005; the recipients of funding available for the 2005-2006 academic years will be announced soon.

Those members of the ANSI Federation who are 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 Additional information about the EPA’s sustainability research program can be found at: (

*Based upon an EPA Press Release

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