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National Sustainable Design Expo

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What is the National Sustainable Design Expo?

Held in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument, the Expo is a truly inspiring exhibition of innovative technology for a sustainable future. Picture a high-rise farm, a 3-in-1 solar cooker that heats and generates power, or simple water treatment filters for villages in Africa. P3 student projects exhibit alongside EPA programs, other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses to showcase their achievements.

Thousands of enthusiastic visitors of all ages attend this 2-day ‚Äúsustainability festival‚ÄĚ to explore and share ideas with the students and professionals in the field. This free event will be open to the public on April 25-27, 2014.

What is EPA's P3 competion?

P3 stands for people, prosperity and the planet. For this annual event, teams of college students consider all three as they design tangible, cutting-edge solutions to real-world problems. They create; they innovate; they strive to make a difference. With a grant of $15,000 they develop their designs through the school year and then bring their projects to the National Sustainable Design Expo to compete for the EPA P3 Award and a second grant of $90,000 to implement their designs. This year's competitors can be seen here: 2013/2014 P3 Teams

Since its launch in 2004, EPA P3 program participants have gone on to start businesses and nonprofit organizations that are making a difference. Hear about their success stories here: P3 Multimedia Page

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