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EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet Expo on National Mall

Release Date: 04/19/2012
Contact Information: Latisha Petteway (News Media Only), petteway.latisha@epa.gov, 202-564-3191, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – On April 21-23, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will co-sponsor the 8th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo on the National Mall, Washington, D.C. The expo brings together more than 30 exhibitors from nonprofits and government agencies showcasing innovative environmental solutions. The event will feature 45 university and college teams from across the country competing in Phase II of EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) student-design competition.

P3 team projects include a new process that uses spinach to capture and convert the sun’s energy to electricity; an energy system that fits in a shipping container that doubles as the platform for rapid deployment to disaster areas; an innovative green process to synthesize rare and expensive drugs using microbes found in the ocean; and, a partnership with a local landfill to design a process that uses waste heat and drainage to grow algae for biodiesel production. Previous P3 award winners have started successful businesses and are marketing the technologies in the U.S. and around the world.

Additional event co-sponsors include the American Society of Civil Engineers, Engineers without Borders, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and Engineering for Change.

WHO: More than 30 exhibitors and 45 student design teams

WHAT: 8th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo and People, Prosperity and the Planet Awards

WHEN: Saturday, April 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, April 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: National Mall between 13th and 14th Streets (opposite the National Museum of American History)

More information about the P3 event: http://www.epa.gov/p3/nsde

See videos of past expos and P3 team winners: http://www.epa.gov/P3/multimedia