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Earth Day 2008: Green Technology and Buildings Bloom on the National Mall

Release Date: 04/17/2008
Contact Information: Suzanne Ackerman, (202)-564-4355 / ackerman.suzanne@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. - April 17, 2008) On April 20 – 22, 2008, EPA will hold the National Sustainable Design Expo which showcases new sustainable or “green” technologies. More than 50 college teams from across the country will exhibit their innovative solutions for an environmentally sustainable future, including: generating wind power from kites, solar panels made from plant chlorophyll, producing plastic from wastewater, green parking lots near floodplains to reduce runoff, new technologies to provide clean drinking water to developing nations, and much more!

On Monday morning, Administrator Stephen L. Johnson will announce EPA’s new strategic approach to green building, which aims to help the agency facilitate mainstream adoption of effective green building practices.

The Expo is also the showcase for EPA’s Annual P3 – People, Prosperity, and the Planet – Award Competition. Previous P3 winners have taken their innovations to new levels including starting successful businesses. This is a great opportunity not only for an Earth Day story, but to tell your readers about new green technologies.

WHO:
Stephen L. Johnson, EPA Administrator (speaking Monday, 9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. EDT)
George Gray, Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Research and Development
More than 50 Student Design Teams and 40 Exhibitors

WHAT:
4
th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo and People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Awards

WHEN:
Sunday, April 20 - from noon to 5 p.m. EDT
Monday, April 21 - from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, April 22 - Earth Day - from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT

WHERE:
National Mall
between Constitution and Independence Avenues
and 3rd and 4th Streets, N.W.
(Federal Triangle Metro stop - Orange and Blue Lines)

More information about the P3 event: epa.gov/P3
Video of the exhibits and teams (after the event): epa.gov/p3/multimedia
(EPA’s new web multimedia portal)
EPA’s Green Building programs: epa.gov/greenbuilding