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2007-2008 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 Photos
Appalachian State University SU833560 The Boone Bicycle Initiative: A Community Based Project to Promote Bicycles as an Alternative Mode of Transportation Appalachian State University students will develop and implement a community-based program to encourage the use of bicycles for commuting. [Read More] Photos
Auburn University Main Campus SU833566 Place-Based Green Building: Integrating Local Environmental and Planning Analysis into Green Building Guidelines Auburn University students will develop a methodology for a place-based approach to the green building rating system that considers buildings within their local environmental and social contexts. [Read More] Photos
Carleton College SU833564 Reducing the Waste Stream: Bringing Environmental, Economical, and Educational Composting to a Liberal Arts College Carleton College students will conduct a pilot on-site composting program using the Green Mountain Technologies Earth Tub. [Read More] Photos
Carnegie Mellon University SU833519 Engineering the Biosynthesis of Styrene in Yeast Carnegie Mellon University students will engineer microorganisms to produce styrene, a chemical compound used along with enormous amounts of natural gas to produce plastics, rubber, and insulation. [Read More] Photos
Chadron State College SU833510 Sustainability of Chadron Creek Watershed Chadron State College students will develop and implement a sustainability model to revitalize the Chadron Creek watershed, which has been degraded by ash runoff from recent forest fires as well as intensive grazing. [Read More] Photos
Clemson University SU833512 Waste Tires on the Island of Dominica: Survey and Solutions Clemson University students will develop alternatives for automobile tire recycle and/or disposal for the island nation of Dominica. [Read More] Photos
Columbia University SU833528 Development Plan of a Sustainable Micro Hydro Power Plant and Distribution System for Tribal Village Cluster in Rural India Columbia University students, alonge with their NGO partner Gram Vikas (GV), will gather data to design and implement a micro-hydro power plant in the Badi Trika Gouda village in India. [Read More] Photos
Drexel University SU833524 A Novel Reactor Design for Efficient Production of Biodiesel from High Free-Fatty-Acid Oils Drexel University students will design, study, and build a reactor that produces biodiesel more efficiently. [Read More] Photos
Elizabethtown College SU833529 Standalone "Green" Community-Center Buildings: Hydrogen Generation/Storage/Delivery System for when Primary Energy Storage is at Capacity Elizabethtown College students will design, construct, and monitor a ‘smart’ hydrogen-fuel storage system. [Read More] Photos
Florida Gulf Coast University SU833555 Development and Monitoring of a Sustainable Affordable Housing Community in Southwest Florida Gulf Coast University Florida Gulf Coast University students are building an affordable and sustainable community in southwest Florida that is energy efficient, has increased hurricane safety, has lower indoor pollution, and has yards that are productive in their own right. [Read More]  
Gonzaga University SU833541 West Africa Technology, Education and Reciprocity (WATER) for Benin Gonzaga University students will work to improve the production of drinking water filters to be used in sub-Saharan Africa. [Read More] Photos
Heidelberg College SU833563 Paving the Way to a "Greener" Campus: Alternative Paving Materials for Pollution Control and Aesthetic Appeal Heidelberg College students will develop a cost-effective and sustainable design for paved parking areas. [Read More] Photos
Humboldt State University SU833530 Catching the Wind: A Low Cost Method for Wind Power Site Assessment Humboldt State University students will design software that predicts wind energy potential and will install a monitoring system at a test site to evaluate it. [Read More] Photos
Illinois Institute of Technology SU833549 Design of Sustainable Water Supply and Distribution System for Pignon, Haiti Illinois Institute of Technology students will help design a sustainable water supply and distribution system for the Haitian town of Pignon. [Read More] Photos
Illinois Institute of Technology SU833527 Sewage Off-Gas-Driven Fuel Cells to Stimulate Rural Electrification Illinois Institute of Technology undergraduate and graduate students, in concert with high school students from the Illinois Math and Science Academy, will study a power-generating system that creates electricity from decomposing organic waste. [Read More] Photos
Illinois Institute of Technology SU833565 The Cast Paper Dome; An Opportunity to Develop New Materials and Construction Techniques for Sustainable Building Illinois Institute of Technology students will construct a compact geodesic dome from recycled paper.  Paper pulp, when cast into complex shapes and dried, has considerable strength and as a result may eventually be a material incorporated into architectural design. [Read More] Photos
Inter American University of Puerto Rico- San German SU833542 Bioindicators of Sustainable Development Strategies in Subtropical Climates Inter American University students partnered with the Center for Environmental Education Conservation and Research will study the effect of land development in Puerto Rico on the health of the flat tree oyster population. [Read More] Photos
Iowa State University SU833537 Small-Scale Fuel Alcohol Production to Meet University Vehicle Fuel Needs and Promote Regional Sustainable Development Iowa State University students as well as students from the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV) in Brazil will create small-scale ethanol production and distribution systems. [Read More] Photos
James Madison University SU833507 Sustainable Water Extraction and Distribution System for Agricultural Applications in the Namawanga Community, Kenya James Madison University students will partner with the non-profit organization Least of These International, Inc. (LOTI) to create a sustainable water pumping and irrigation system for the Namawanga Community in western Kenya.  Currently the community does not have adequate water for crops to feed everyone. [Read More] Photos
John Brown University SU833544 Sustainable Community Development – Water Slow-Sand Filtration John Brown University students will design and construct a slow sand water purification system for use by small communities. [Read More] Photos
Keene State College SU833523 Keene Community Partnership for a Closed Loop Biodiesel System Keene College students will work to bring biodiesel production, use, and research to the local community on a sustainable scale. [Read More] Photos
Lawrence Technological University SU833557 Development, Design and Consumer Testing of Marketable Residential LED Light Luminaires Lawrence Technological University students will design and construct two aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient LED lights. [Read More] Photos
Loyola University of Chicago SU833522 Innovative Biodiesel Production: A Solution to the Scientific, Technical, and Educational Challenges of Sustainability Loyola University of Chicago students will construct a lab to produce biodiesel from vegetable oil waste from the cafeteria. [Read More] Photos
Marquette University SU833543 Sustainable Water Supply for La Garrucha, Guatemala Marquette University students will design and evaluate alternative methods of obtaining access to clean drinking water for the residents of La Garrucha, Guatemala. [Read More] Photos
Northern Illinois University SU833516 Eco-Friendly Golf Tees Filled with Corn-Based DDGS Northern Illinois University students will develop a process for incorporating a by-product of the ethanol industry into the manufacture of plastics. [Read More] Photos
Northern Illinois University SU833509 Higher Performance Solar Crop Dryer Kit for Developing Economies Northern Illinois University students will develop a prototype design for a solar-powered crop dryer.  In many parts of the world, farmers must first dry crops using fossil fuels. [Read More] Photos
Ohio State University - Main Campus SU833508 Harvesting Rooftop Runoff from RDP Housing in South Africa: A Pragmatic Approach to Supplement Water Supply While Reducing Flooding, Soil Erosion, and Disease Ohio State University students will design a collection and distribution system for water runoff from metal rooftops of South African homes built by the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP). [Read More] Photos
Ohio University - Main Campus SU833539 Improving Public Awareness of Chemical Exposure Issues through a 3-D Online Environmental Education Game Ohio University students will design video game to increase public awareness of everyday chemical exposures. [Read More] Photos
Oklahoma State University SU833517 The Man’s Jacket Design for Disassembly: an Implementation of C2CAD Framework Oklahoma State University and Illinois State University students will create a man’s jacket from environmentally benign chemicals and materials. [Read More] Photos
Oregon State University SU833535 Sustainable Biofuels Systems for Undeveloped Regions Oregon State University students will work to create a model of implementing vegetable oil-based fuels in the developing world. [Read More] Photos
Pennsylvania State University SU833534 Green Engineering to Reduce the Use of Petroleum Energy Resources. Phase I. Use of Sustainable Sources of Feed Stocks for the Production of Biodiesel Fuel – An Undergraduate Educational Program Pennsylvania State University students will use plant oils, animal fats, algae, and waste cooking oil in a variety of chemical engineering experiments to sustainably produce biodiesel. [Read More] Photos
Pierce College SU833511 Development of a Method to Convert Green and Animal Wastes to a Useful Agricultural Product with Possible Alternative Fuel Use Pierce College students will produce a product created from animal and green wastes that will be a fertilizer and/or a fuel source. [Read More] Photos
Princeton University SU833558 An Innovative Paradigm: Green Retrofitting Residential Buildings Princeton University students will partner with the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association to develop cost-effective retrofitting strategies to reduce energy consumption in homes. [Read More] Photos
Radford University SU833513 Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel Solid Acid Catalyst for Improved Use of Waste Oil Feedstock for Biodiesel Production Radford University students will create a novel carbon catalyst to help improve the efficiency of biodiesel made from waste oil. [Read More] Photos
Rice University SU833547 Water Treatment and Education in Villahermosa, Mexico William Marsh Rice University students will design and construct a water treatment facility for several schools and communities in developing nations with water supplies contaminated by waste runoff. [Read More] Photos
Rutgers University SU833552 Developing a Small Business in Response to a Stormwater Utility for New Jersey Rutgers University students will develop a business plan for a potential consulting company to a wastewater treatment facility. [Read More] Photos
St Lawrence University SU833536 Manufacture of Photovoltaic Solar Cell Using Plant Chlorophyll St. Lawrence University students will create a chlorophyll-based photovoltaic cell to generate electricity from solar power. [Read More] Photos
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art SU833551 The Development of an Indigenous Fluoride Filter The Cooper Union and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) students will work to develop a simple filter that removes fluoride from groundwater. [Read More] Photos
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art SU833538 Solar Lighting for Remote Rural Communities The Cooper Union and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) students are developing a rechargeable lantern that can be used in remote communities around the world. [Read More] Photos
University of Arizona SU833525 Power Generation Using Megnetohydrodynamic Generator with a Circulation Flow Driven by Solar-Heat-Induced Natural Convection University of Arizona students will design and test a novel means of generating electricity using solar heat.  The system, called a magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) system, creates electricity by flowing a conductive fluid through a permanent magnetic field. [Read More] Photos
University of California - Berkeley SU833553 Electrochemical Arsenic Remediation in Rural Bangladesh A University of California-Berkeley student will develop a technology to help Bangladesh reduce the amount of arsenic in drinking water. [Read More] Photos
University of California - Davis SU833562 Production of Natural Plastics in Wastewater Treatment University of California-Davis students will work to design and construct an efficient means of producing plastic from wastewater. [Read More] Photos
University of California - Davis SU833554 Sustainable Biological Phosphorous Removal: A New Theory to Meet Increasingly Stringent Effluent Discharge Requirements University of California-Davis students will work to develop a more efficient method of removing phosphorous from wastewater. [Read More] Photos
University of California - Riverside SU833526 Zero Waste Biodiesel: Using Glycerin and Biomass to Create Renewable Energy University of California – Riverside students will create a combustible alternative form of energy derived from glycerin. [Read More] Photos
University of Florida SU833550 A Sustainable Approach to Preserve the Choctawhatchee Coastal Dune Lakes of Florida University of Florida students will study the coastal dune lakes of the Choctawhatchee basin in Florida to suggest alternative land-use practices. [Read More] Photos
University of Hawaii at Manoa SU833556 Treatment and Reuse of Urban Storm Water with a Customized Constructed Wetland University of Hawaii at Manoa students will design and build a storm water wetland using native Hawaiian plants. [Read More] Photos
University of Idaho SU833561 Architecture as Pedagogy: Interdisciplinary Design and Creation of a Carbon Neutral Idaho Environmental Learning Center at the University of Idaho McCall Field Campus University of Idaho students will plan, design, and construct a carbon-neutral environmental learning center. [Read More] Photos
University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign SU833546 Sustainable Water Development Program for Rural Nigeria University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students will create a sustainable water development program for rural Nigeria, a country where over 50% of the population does not have access to safe drinking water. [Read More] Photos
University of Iowa SU833521 Design and Testing of a Point of Use Electrolytic Chlorine Generator for Drinking Water Disinfection in Poor Countries University of Iowa students will develop a handheld bleach generator potentially useful for disinfecting drinking water in households of poor communities around the world. [Read More] Photos
University of Maryland - Baltimore SU833515 Social Feasibility of Energy-Efficiency Retrofits and Educational Campaigns for Sustainable Energy Use in Pre-existing College Residence Halls University of Maryland, Baltimore County students will study the most effective means of promoting energy conservation within student residences. [Read More] Photos
University of Massachusetts - Lowell SU833540 Creating a Sustainable Project Dashboard University of Massachusetts—Lowell students will develop an interactive software program designed to evaluate the performance of sustainability projects. [Read More] Photos
University of Missouri - Columbia SU833545 Enhanced Nutrient Removal from On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems University of Missouri-Columbia students will develop a wastewater treatment system that removes excess nutrients from septic tanks. [Read More] Photos
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill SU833548 Development and Evaluation of Three Simple, Low-Cost, Low-Tech Tests for Microbial Fecal Indicators in Drinking and Recreational Water University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students will develop and test three simple, inexpensive, and portable means of testing water for microbial and viral infection. [Read More] Photos
University of North Carolina at Charlotte SU833559 Sustainable Overlay District (SOD) Methodology University of North Carolina at Charlotte students will create a sustainable plan for a run-down suburban strip mall. [Read More]  
University of Wisconsin - Madison SU833514 Sustainable Plastics: Designing and Demonstrating Renewable, Biodegradable Products Made of Soy Protein-based Plastics University of Wisconsin-Madison students will design and produce plastic from soy protein. [Read More] Photos
Virginia State University SU833506 Comparison of an Engine Operated on Canola Based Biodiesel to an Engine Operated on Petroleum Diesel Virginia State University and James Madison University students will demonstrate to small-scale farmers that biodiesel can be a sustainable fuel to use in their equipment. [Read More] Photos
Worcester Polytechnic Institute SU833518 Nanostructured Material Design for Mercury, Arsenic, and Selenium Capture Worcester Polytechnic Institute students are using nanotechnology to create a material that captures mercury, arsenic, and selenium produced during coal combustion. [Read More] Photos
Worcester Polytechnic Institute SU833520 Wind Power from Kites: Low-Cost, Sustainable Energy for Developing Nations Worcester Polytechnic Institute students are designing a low-cost system that generates electricity from the up and down motion of a tethered kite. [Read More] Photos

2007-2008 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
Appalachian State University SU833683 The Affordable Bioshelters Project: Testing Innovative Technologies, Working to Make High Performance Solar Greenhouses Cost Competitive
Lehigh University SU833759 Removal of Arsenic from Drinking Water in Remote Indian Villages and Sustainable Disposal of Resultant Arsenic-Laden Waste Products
Northwestern University SU833758 Solar Photovoltaic and Wastewater Treatment Systems Design for Communities in Panam
University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign SU833682 An Innovative System for Bioremediation of Agricultural Chemicals for Environmental Sustainability
University of Virginia SU833802 The Learning Barge: Environmental + Cultural Ecologies on the Elizabeth River
Western Washington University SU833684 Biomethane for Transportation

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