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2013/2014 P3 Grant Recipients - Phase 1: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet


Institution EPA Grant Number Project Title Project Description
Brigham Young University SU835522 Greenplex - A Sustainable Urban Form for the 21st Century The Brigham Young University team will design a University Community Greenplex for their campus to include space for all university functions. [Read More]
Clemson University SU835496 Clemson Vanishing Firefly Project: Using a Mobile Phone App as Education and Research Tools for Sustainability The Clemson University team will develop a mobile phone app for citizens to participate in community-based environmental monitoring through the Clemson Firefly Watch Program.  [Read More]
Cornell University SU835507 Proposed Process for Management of Textile Waste from Redesigned Secondhand Clothing Production in Haiti: No-Waste, Recycling, and Repurposing The Cornell University team will create a no-waste, repurposing apparel design and production process for secondhand clothing businesses in Haiti. [Read More]
Cornell University SU835516 Sustainable Water Treatment Facility for Communities with Arsenic Contaminated Groundwater The Cornell University team will develop a gravity-powered water treatment unit for small communities that will also remove arsenic to improve the quality of drinking water. [Read More]
Cornell University SU835517 "Smart" Turbidimeters for Remote Monitoring of Water Quality The Cornell University team will design and test an affordable turbidimeter to measure water clarity using off‐the‐shelf components as a first step towards a mass‐produced model. [Read More]
DePaul University SU835494 Community-based Soil Quality Assessment as a Tool for Designing an Urban Green Infrastructure Network to Manage Stormwater Runoff The De Paul University team will develop a soil quality assessment tool to help select candidates for urban green infrastructure projects that reduce erosion and stormwater runoff. [Read More]
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University SU835493 Develop a Concentrated Solar Power-based Thermal Cooling System via Simulation and Experimental Studies The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University team will design a small scale cooling system powered by solar energy for areas in developing countries with no access to electricity. [Read More]
Florida International University SU835503 On Track to Carbon Neutral Buildings The Florida International University team will design a system to assess if control of building HVAC systems can be improved by using an integrated self-assessment information system. [Read More]
Iowa State University SU835524 Developing Sustainable Products Using Renewable Cellulose Fiber and Biopolymer Composites The Iowa State University team will develop renewable composite materials for the textile industry using cellulose fiber and biopolymer obtained from agricultural products such as corn or soy. [Read More]
Kansas State University SU835510 From Garbage to Gourmet: Sustainable Waste Prevention and Mushroom Cultivation from Used Coffee Grounds The Kansas State University team will develop a waste management system for the campus that maximizes recycling and composting while reducing landfill waste. [Read More]
Miami University - Oxford SU835509 Using Sand and Moringa Oleifera Protein for a Sustainable Water Filter The Miami University-Oxford team will design a water purification device that couples sand with proteins from the Moringa Oleifera seed for enhanced filtration. [Read More]
Mississippi State University SU835519 Innovative in-situ Microwave/Ultrasonic Reactor for Algal Biomass Harvesting and Biofuel Production The Mississippi State University team will develop a more energy efficient process for algal biomass harvesting and biofuel production. [Read More]
Missouri University of Science and Technology SU835520 A Climate-Responsive Adaptive Control for a Combination Passive Solar Shading and Natural Ventilation The Missouri University of Science and Technology team will develop an environmental control system to produce comfortable living conditions for building occupants. [Read More]
Northern Arizona University SU835499 Evaluating and Designing Ultra-low Cost Solar Water Heating Systems The Northern Arizona University team will design an ultra-low cost, non-polluting solar water heating system for consumer use. [Read More]
Northern Kentucky University SU835518 New Technologies for Rapid Water Quality and Bioassessment of Agricultural Streams by Citizen Scientists The Northern Kentucky University team will enhance a mobile app for students and citizen scientists to use for bio-assessment of small streams. [Read More]
Oklahoma State University SU835529 Improved Biosand Methodologies for Sustainable Clean Water Solutions in Northern Honduras The Oklahoma State University team will develop an improved and affordable sand filter that produces potable water for households in developing countries. [Read More]
Old Dominion University SU835501 Flash Hydrolysis of Microalgae for On-site Nutrients Recovery and Biofuels Production The Old Dominion University team will develop a Flash Hydrolysis process for recovering nitrogen and phosphorus from algal biomass for feedstock in biofuels production. [Read More]
Oregon State University SU835527 Biosorption of Dyes from Textile Industry Effluents Using Macroalgae The Oregon State University team will investigate using macroalgae to remove dye from water effluent of the textile industry. [Read More]
Purdue University SU835505 Biowall's Impact on Indoor Air Quality and Energy The Purdue University team will design a biowall (living plants integrated into the HVAC system) that improves indoor air quality and reduces energy use by reducing the need for outdoor ventilation air. [Read More]
Rochester Institute of Technology SU835506 Implementing Practical Pico-Hydropower The Rochester Institute of Technology team will design a pico-hydropower system and assess its economic viability for RIT's Institute for Sustainability building. [Read More]
Rochester Institute of Technology SU835514 Development of an Improved Arboloo to Promote Sanitation in Rural Environments The Rochester Institute of Technology team will design a toilet to promote sanitation in remote locations that can be easily installed by local labor with minimal tools. [Read More]
Rowan University SU835526 Low Cost Portable Percussion Well Drill and Bailer The Rowan University team will develop a low cost and portable well drill and bailer for communities in developing nations that do not have easy access to drinking water. [Read More]
SUNY Stony Brook SU835532 Ocean Wave Energy Harvester with a Novel Power Takeoff Mechanism The SUNY-Stonybrook team will develop a highly efficient and reliable technology for ocean wave energy harvesting. [Read More]
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville SU835531 Drinking Water System for Developing Countries/Disaster Relief Made with Local Materials The University of Arkansas-Fayetteville team will design a simple water purification system that can be economically constructed from locally available materials. [Read More]
University of California, Davis SU835498 Small-scale Ecosystem Engineering: Development of Household Level Greywater Treatment Systems The University of California-Davis team will develop a low-energy greywater wastewater treatment system for homes that improves water quality and provides water for gardens. [Read More]
University of California, Riverside SU835500 Exploring a Proof of Concept in Ocean Current Energy Extraction The University of California-Riverside team will study the feasibility of electricity generation from ocean currents as an inexpensive, renewable source of energy. [Read More]
University of California, Riverside SU835533 Test Protocol for Evaluating Smog Reducing Roof Tiles The University of California-Riverside team will evaluate titanium-dioxide coated roof tiles for their ability to absorb air pollutants. [Read More]
University of Delaware SU835511 Environmentally Friendly Leather Tanning Using Enzymes The University of Delaware team will develop an environmentally friendly leather tanning method that uses enzymes and non-toxic chemicals. [Read More]
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign SU835515 Improved Biosand Filters by Enhanced Monitoring and Data Collection Methods The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign team will develop a biosand filter sensor that records real-time usage data to promote effective application in rural households in Nepal. [Read More]
University of Kansas, Lawrence SU835497 Biostabilization of Rammed Earth for Reduction of Waste and CO2 Emissions The University of Kansas-Lawrence team will develop microbial biomineralization techniques that will strengthen the properties of rammed earth (RE) used in construction. [Read More]
University of Maryland SU835528 Solar-Powered Membrane System for Emergency Drinking Water Supply The University of Maryland team will develop a membrane separation system for drinking water purification for use during emergencies. [Read More]
University of Massachusetts, Lowell SU835535 Sustainable Packaging Solutions Based on Biodegradable Plastics The University of Massachusetts team will develop biodegradable food packaging as an alternative to non-degradable plastics. [Read More]
University of Nebraska, Lincoln SU835523 Energy Node Locator Platform Development: Using Real-Time Monitoring to Conserve Energy The University of Nebraska-Lincoln team will design an energy monitoring system for buildings that can remotely locate high energy consumption areas in the electrical distribution system. [Read More]
University of Rhode Island SU835525 Sustainable Sanitation Strategies for Peri-Urban and Rural Developing Communities The University of Rhode Island team will develop an economically and environmentally sustainable wastewater treatment system for rural communities in developing nations. [Read More]
University of Tennessee, Knoxville SU835495 Green Oak as a Sustainable Building Material The University of Tennessee-Knoxville team will develop oak construction techniques that use the green (un-dried) centers of logs as a low energy and carbon friendly wood product. [Read More]
University of Tennessee, Knoxville SU835534 Eco-friendly Additives for Biodegredation of Agricultural Mulches The University of Tennessee-Knoxville team will develop soil amendments that accelerate the degradation of biodegradable agricultural plastic mulches. [Read More]
University of Wisconsin SU835512 Exchange Network for Expanded Polystyrene Bio-Shipping Containers  The University of Wisconsin team will develop a pilot bio-shipping container reuse program with local suppliers and users in the Madison, WI area to reduce landfill waste. [Read More]
University of Wisconsin SU835513 Sustainable Wastewater Treatment: Nutrient Upcycling of Ammonia into Fertilizer The University of Wisconsin team will build a device to remove the ammonium cation from a wastewater treatment facility and generate ammonia, a commercial fertilizer. [Read More]
Western Kentucky University SU835504 Highly Insulated Glazing Systems Using Liquid Fills The Western Kentucky University team will develop a window glaze for commercial buildings to reduce heat loads by 50% while maintaining over 90% visibility. [Read More]
Worcester Polytechnic Institute SU835508 Rain or Shine: Rainwater Harvesting Systems for Dependable, Safe Drinking Water in Rural Guatemala The Worcester Polytech Institute team will design and construct a rainwater catchment system that will provide safe drinking water for rural areas in Guatemala. [Read More]

2013/2014 P3 Grant Recipients - Phase 2: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet

Institution EPA Grant Number Project Title Project Description
Georgia Southern University SU835542 Low Temperature Combustion with Reduced PM and NOx Emissions, Achieved by n-Butanol in-Port Injected in an Omnivorous Diesel Engine The Georgia Southern University team will develop a new engine technology able to reduce drastically and concomitantly the engine NOx and soot by the n-butanol port-fuel injection (PFI) or direct injection of butanol blends coupled with the direct injection of cotton seed biodiesel.
Cornell University SU835544 Stacked Rapid Sand Filtration - A Robust Filtration Process for Sustainable Drinking Water Infrastructure The Cornell University team will continue to improve the design and fabrication of the AguaClara stacked rapid sand filters (SRSF) and to deploy and test SRSF at a variety of flow rates on at least two continents.
Radford University  SU835545 Lessons from Nature - Synthetic Humic Acid Materials for Improved Water Purification The Radford University team will focus on the development of an inexpensive, multi-functional adsorbent material that will improve existing sand filtration technology to better remove a wide range of water pollutants including arsenic, other heavy metals, and organic contaminants.
Loyola University of Chicago SU835546 From Pollution to Possibility: A Sustainable and Interdisciplinary Solution to Biodiesel Production Wastewater The Loyola University team will design a small-scale, affordable, and effective, solar-powered methanol recovery unit and build several prototypes, with the goal of launching a 0-waste, biodiesel production and waste-management system in year 2.
San Jose State University SU835547 3D Printing Sustainable Building Components for Façades and as Window Elements The San Jose State University team will develop curtain wall and free standing wall systems using additive manufacturing technologies and wood-based materials.
Cornell University
University of California - Irvine
SU835548 Pyrolytic Cook Stoves And Biochar Production In Kenya: A Whole Systems Approach to Sustainable Energy, Environmental Health, and Human Prosperity The Cornell University team will improve human welfare and environmental health by 1) reducing air pollution from cook stoves, 2) conserving natural resources, 3) reducing erosion and water contamination, and 4) building local capacity in Western Kenya. We will employ a whole systems approach, using an improved pyrolytic cook stove as the intervention tool.
University of Massachusetts - Lowell SU835549 ‘Greener’ Surfactants from Bio-Based Waste as Efficient Alternatives to Nonylphenols Ethoxylates The University of Massachusetts team has developed a new class of polysaccharide-based surfactants that has significant potential for replacing NPEs.

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