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Standards Developers Invited to Support EPA's P3 Design Program

New York, Oct 25, 2006

Kicking off its third annual P3 (people, prosperity, and the planet) award competition, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded forty-two student teams with $10,000 grants to support the research and development of environmentally protective and economically competitive sustainable designs. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) joins more than forty partners from government, industry, and non-governmental organizations as a P3 supporting organization.

EPA launched the P3 competition in 2004 to respond to the challenges of moving toward sustainability in the developed and developing world. This year’s slate of design teams will seek to find innovative solutions to a varied array of environmental concerns. A Duke University team will look at the possibilities of constructing sustainable homes in the wake of natural disasters. The use of algae-produced biodiesel to treat agricultural wastewater will be the focus of a group from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. A design team from the University of Illinois at Urbana will examine the use of solar LED (light-emitting diode) lanterns to replace kerosene in the developing world. A complete list of the 2006-2007 P3 recipients and projects is available here.

In April, all forty-two teams will take their designs to the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, DC, to compete for the P3 Award, which includes the possibility of additional funding up to $75,000 to further develop and implement their projects and move the designs to the marketplace. Four P3 design projects from the 2005-2006 competition have grown into new commercial ventures.

A better understanding of standardization and the assessment of conformity helps to give the future workforce a competitive edge when entering the marketplace and pave the way for a stronger reliance on standards. On behalf of its members and constituents, ANSI serves as a standardization and conformity assessment resource for the P3 teams. The Institute’s support of the program includes the P3 web portal and “Standards Resource Guide,” which provide P3 students and faculty with useful standards information, training tools, and contacts at standards developing organizations.

Past P3 design projects have benefited from aligning with the activities of ANSI-accredited standards developers. During the 2005-2006 competition, a design team from the University of Virginia utilized the resources provided by ASTM International, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the International Code Council (ICC), as well as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), to assist in the development of a series of ecological, modular, and affordable houses for areas in need.

Standards developers who are interested in working with university faculty and students on the P3 design projects or who would like to contribute content to the “Standards Resources Guide” are encouraged to contact Caroline Holley, ANSI education and training administrator (; 212.642.4976). Additional information on the ways in which standards developers can offer assistance to the program is available here.

To learn more about EPA’s P3 program, visit

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