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Sustainability Projects Funded at 41 Universities
(Washington, D.C.-Nov. 30, 2005) EPA today awarded $410,000 to 41 student teams for the 2005-2006 academic year to research and develop sustainable designs through the People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) competition. Sustainable development maintains economic growth while protecting the natural systems of the planet, thus preserving natural resources for future generations. The P3 student design competition was launched in January 2004, and several 2004 winners' designs have been successfully implemented into business practices.
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Student Teams Receive EPA's First P3 Awards; Sustainability Designs Will Help People, Prosperity and the Planet
Washington, D.C. - E. Timothy Oppelt, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Research and Development, today announced the winners of EPA's first Annual P3 Awards - People, Prosperity, and the Planet. Seven student teams from Oberlin College, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Colorado at Denver, University of California-Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Michigan were honored Monday evening at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., for their innovative designs for a sustainable tomorrow. Out of a group of 65 teams composed of more than 400 university students and advisors, these seven teams were chosen for the creativity and utility of their sustainability designs.
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3rd Annual P3 Award: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet
The P3 competition will provide grants to teams of college students to research, develop, and design solutions to challenges to sustainability. P3 highlights people, prosperity, and the planet - the three pillars of sustainability - as the next step beyond P2 or pollution prevention. EPA and its partners offer the P3 Award competition to respond to the technical needs of the developed and developing world in moving towards the goal of sustainability.
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41 P3 Grants Awarded
EPA has awarded P3 grants to student teams representing 41 universities in 21 states. Winners were chosen from about 100 teams who applied. All the competition winners received $10,000 grants to research and develop their design projects during the academic year (2005-2006).
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EPA's P3: People, Prosperity, and Planet - Program
EPA's P3 Program advances the principles of sustainability and technology innovation to future generations of scientists and engineers. Unique in the federal government, this program awards grants to teams of undergrad and grad students, along with their faculty advisors, to design and develop sustainability projects and support the integration of sustainability into higher education curricula. The teams also compete for additional funding to move their ideas to the marketplace. Over 500 faculty and students from 52 colleges and universities used this opportunity to alter core required courses, evolve senior capstone design courses, and initiate certificates and minors in sustainability science and engineering.
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