EPA Awards Competitive Grants

Funds to help students design sustainable technologies that help the environment and economy.
Courtesy the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
October 16, 2009
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Washington – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded 43 grants to teams of college and university students across the country who will design creative technologies to sustainability challenges in the developed and developing world. The People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Student Design Competition for Sustainability Phase I awards for the 2009-2010 competition challenges students, working together on interdisciplinary teams, to design and build sustainable technologies that improve quality of life, promote economic development, and protect the environment.

The competition begins in Phase I with the award of $10,000 grants to student teams who submit applications that focus on a wide range of categories, including water, energy, agriculture, built environment, materials and chemicals, and information technology. After working on the project, the teams will bring their designs in April to the 6th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. At the Expo, the projects will be judged by a panel of experts and a select few will be awarded P3 Awards and Phase II grants up to $75,000 for students to further their designs, implement them in the field, or move them to the marketplace.

This year’s teams and projects come from Appalachian State University, Brigham Young University, Clarkson University, Clemson University, Cornell University, Drexel University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Georgia State University Research Foundation, Humboldt state University, Jacksonville University, John Brown University, Michigan State University, Michigan Technologies University, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Ohio State University, Oklahoma State University, Pennsylvania State University, Pierce College, Purdue University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Roger Williams University, South Dakota state University, Texas A&M Research Foundation, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Riverside, University of Delaware, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Champaign, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Wellesley College.

More information on EPA’s P3 program, visit the website, and for more information on the 2009-2010 Phase I P3 Awards, visit the website.

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