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Drexel University wins EPA future technologies award

Release Date: 05/12/2010
Contact Information: Roy Seneca seneca.roy@epa.gov (215) 814-5567

PHILADELPHIA (May 12, 2010) – A project proposed by a team of Drexel University students won federal funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its potential to develop a beneficial reuse of slag -- a waste product of the refining industry. EPA awarded a $10,000 P3 grant -- People, Prosperity and the Planet -- to the Drexel University team to further design their project for possible implementation in the field.

"These innovative students from Drexel University not only develop technologies for a greener future, but demonstrate the passion and innovative thinking that will lead us there," said Shawn M. Garvin, Regional Administrator for EPA's mid-Atlantic region.

This national competition, sponsored by EPA's Office of Research and Development, encourages college students to create sustainable solutions to environmental problems through technological innovation. These sustainable solutions must be environmentally friendly, efficiently use natural resources and be economically competitive. Each P3 award winner receives funding to further develop a project for future use.

In their winning project, Drexel students developed a beneficial reuse of slag, which is a waste product of the refining industry. Their project focused on using slag as a substitute for cement in building projects.

Drexel was one of 14 universities winning EPA's 2009-2010 P3 award. More information on Drexel's project and the other winners is available at http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3/project_websites/2010/2010awardwinners.html .

Support for the competition includes more than 40 partners in the federal government, industry and scientific and professional societies.