EPA grants funds to develop sustainable designs
Washington, DC— EPA announced
41 grants to university student teams to research, develop and
design technologies to provide solutions to address sustainability
challenges such as improving the world’s supply of clean
drinking water, developing innovative sources of renewable energy,
and producing environmentally friendly construction materials.
Grant recipients will enter their
designs in EPA’s P3 Awards, a national competition to be
held May 2006 in Washington, DC. P3 Awards recognize innovative
sustainable designs that benefit the three Ps — People,
Prosperity and the Planet. The P3 Award winners are provided additional
funding to further develop and implement their designs, and move
them to the marketplace.
This year, 41 student teams from
21 states received $10,000 grants each to develop a design project
during the 2005-2006 academic year for the competition. Applications
underwent a rigorous peer-review process. Projects include innovative
ideas for biodiesel production, solar thermal heating systems,
sustainable apparel design, green roofs, stormwater management,
and many others.
The National Academy of Sciences,
advisors to the nation on science, engineering, and medicine,
will convene a panel to evaluate and recommend the award winners
for selection by EPA. The next P3 Award competition will be held
May 9-10, 2006, on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
To learn more about the P3 Award
program, visit www.epa.gov/P3.