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EPA Awards Competitive Grants for Students to Design Sustainable Technologies that Help Environment and Economy

Release Date: 10/08/2009
Contact Information: Skip Anderson, anderson.skip@epa.gov, 202-564-9551

Oct. 8, 2009

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) 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 for eight months, the teams will bring their designs to the 6
th 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.

More information on EPA’s P3 program: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3/
More information on 2009-2010 Phase I P3 Awards: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3/current