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Institution EPA Grant Number Project Title Project Description Award Photo
Appalachian State University SU836015 An On-Site Biological Graywater Treatment System Suitable for a Small Business  Appalachian State University students are developing an artificial wetland suitable for recycling of graywater from small businesses for immediate reuse. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - Appalachian State University
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Butte College
Sustainable Community Development Institute
SU835095 Rice Hulls as Alternative Building (RHAB) Project  Butte College students are developing structural insulated panels for building construction using rice hulls, an abundant agricultural waste, as their primary raw material. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - Butte College
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Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University SU836025 Portable Solar Water Purification System for Public Use during Disaster Recovery  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students are designing a foldable solar power water purification system that can fit into a backpack for easy transport for use after a disaster that effects the drinking water supply. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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Gonzaga University SU835088 Integrating Improved Sustainable Technologies into the Heart of the Home — The Kitchen  Gonzaga University students are developing a simple ventilation system for kitchens in rural dwellings using electrical power generated from thermoelectric cells driven by waste heat from cooking fires. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - Gonzaga University
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Oregon State University SU836026 Developing Sustainable Alternatives to Plastic Mulch  Oregon State University students are raising awareness of pollution associated with the production and use of plastic mulch and testing alternative biodegradable mulch materials. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - Oregon State University
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Princeton University SU835099 Wind Energy for Haiti: A Rapidly Deployable Renewable Energy System  Princeton University students are developing, testing, and deploying an electricity generation system that can be transported in a standard shipping container and rapidly set-up in post-disaster Haiti. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - Princeton University
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Santa Clara University SU835089 Regenerative Fuel Cell for Off-Grid Renewable Energy Storage  Santa Clara University students are developing a fuel cell capable of continuous, sustainable energy supply to meet energy demands in rural communities in developing nations that lack reliable energy grids. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - Santa Clara University
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Southern Illinois University - Carbondale SU836028 Sustainable Utilization of Coal Combustion Byproducts through the Production of High Grade Minerals and Cement-less Green Concrete  Southern Illinois University-Carbondale students are developing methods to extract (recycle) metals from Coal Combustion Byproducts (CCB) to reduce mining, and to produce a concrete with reduced carbon dioxide emissions. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
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SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry SU836013 Sustainably Overcoming Hindrance to Struvite Recovery from Anaerobically Digested Dairy Manure  SUNY College of Environmental Science and Engineering students are studying ways to recover struvite, a slow-release fertilizer, from digested animal manure and assess its marketability. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - SUNY College of Environmental Science and Engineering
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Texas State University
South China University of Technology
SU835084 Extracting Lignocellulose and Synthesizing Silica Nanoparticles from Rice Husks  Texas State University-San Marcos students are converting rice husks, a byproduct of agriculture, into a starter material called lignocellulose for producing fabrics, biofuel and silica nanoparticles . [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - Texas State University-San Marcos
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University of California - Riverside SU836024  Heating Attic Air Using Solar Thermal Energy for Space Heating and Drying Applications  University of California-Riverside is designing a solar collector to heat ambient air for use in home appliances, such as clothes dryers and space heaters, to reduce home energy consumption. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - University of California-Riverside
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University of Cincinnati SU836038 Community Based Biodiesel Production from Trap Grease: The Evaluation of Technical and Economic Feasibilities  University of Cincinnati students are developing a pilot scale system to convert trap grease from restaurants, a waste sent to landfills, to renewable biodiesel. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - University of Cincinnati
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University of Connecticut SU835079 Sustainable Erosion Control in Developing Countries Using Industrial By-Products  University of Connecticut students are investigating ways to use industrial by-products such as steel slag and cement kiln ash for to control erosion and stabilize roads in developing countries. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - University of Connecticut
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University of Oklahoma SU835090 Comparing the Sustainability of a Compressed Earth Block House to a Conventionally Framed House Built to National Green Building Standards  University of Oklahoma-Norman students will design, field-test, construct, instrument, analyze, and document a Habitat for Humanity (HFH) house built of compressed earth blocks (CEB). [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - University of Oklahoma-Norman
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Vanderbilt University SU836022  Don’t Eat Your Spinach: Nature Inspired Biohybrid Solar Cells  Vanderbilt University students will develop a biohybrid solar panel that substitutes a protein from spinach for rare metals (mined), and is capable of producing electrical energy. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - Vanderbilt University
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2012 P3 Honorable Mentions

Institution EPA Grant Number Project Title Project Description Award Photo
Christian Brothers University SU836029 Neighborhood Building Envelop Energy Conservation and Outreach  Christian Brothers University students are developing technologies to improve energy efficiency in the building envelope of residences in Memphis, TN, that focus on the thermal properties of materials, fire safety, material stability, and cost. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - Christian Brothers University
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Clarkson University SU835078 Utilization of Byproducts from a Solid Waste Landfill for the Sustainable Production of Algae Biodiesel  Clarkson University students are studying the feasibility of using the waste heat from a solid waste management facility for energy to produce biodiesel from algae. The biodiesel returns as renewable energy to power the facility. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - Clarkson University
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Drexel University SU835081 Waste to Fuel: Design of a Landfill Algae Bioreactor  Drexel University students are designing a pilot-scale reactor for a local landfill that uses algae to produce biofuels from landfill leachate and gas. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - Drexel University
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Missouri University of Science and Technology SU836040 Selective Source AC/DC Power Supply  Missouri University of Science and Technology students are developing a system that transmits DC power from a renewable energy source, such as solar power, without converting it to AC for transmission, thereby decreasing energy loss in conversion from DC to AC and back. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - Missouri University of Science and Technology
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Purdue University SU835077 Design of a Low Cost, Self Operating Hydraulic Ram Pump for Water Retention and Lifting in Developing Countries: Bringing Clean Water to Haiti  Purdue University students are designing, building and installing improved ram pumps in Haiti to improve the quality and quantity of safe drinking water for its citizens. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - Purdue University
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Rochester Institute of Technology SU836021 Scalable, Low-impact, run-of-river Hydropower generator  Rochester Institute of Technology students are designing a hydrofoil system that harvests energy from a river while minimizing the harmful effects that dams create for river flow and sediments. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - Rochester Institute of Technology
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Santa Clara University SU836032 Enhanced Solar Energy Harvest for Power Generation From Brayton Cycle  Santa Clara University students are developing a high efficiency solar absorber/exchanger that can bring low cost energy to urbanites who have limited space for solar collectors. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - Santa Clara University
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Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville SU836036 Use of Selenium-Contaminated Plant Waste Materials from Phytoremediation in Central California for Production of Selenium-Enriched Edible Mushrooms  Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville students are evaluating the use of selenium-polluted plant waste materials harvested from phytoremediation sites to produce selenium-enriched edible mushrooms. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
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University of California - Davis SU835074 The Integration and Optimization of Sustainability Benefits from Shading-Type Green Roof Technology  University of California-Davis students are designing and monitoring an affordable green roof technology that uses the shading from plants to cool roof surfaces and reduce peak electricity demand by up to 75%. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - University of California-Davis
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill SU836019 Characterisation of Ionised and Zero-Valent Metals as Disinfectants for Microbiologically Contaminated Water in Resource-Poor Settings  University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill students are creating and implementing a point-of-use disinfectant for drinking water that is cheap, non-toxic, and effective in reducing waterborne illness in developing nations. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
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University of Texas at Austin SU835075 Use of Vermicomposting to Reduce Solid Waste Accumulations, Alleviate Flooding and Further Sustainable Development in Slum Settlements in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic  University of Texas at Austin students are designing, constructing and testing a vermicomposting (composting with worms) bin to improve public health in developing nations by reducing water contamination from organic wastes. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - University of Texas at Austin
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2011 P3 Other Awards

Award Institution EPA Grant Number Project Title Project Descriptions Award Photo
American Institute of Chemical Engineers/Youth Council on Sustainable Science and Technology (YCOSST) Appalachian State University SU836015 An On-Site Biological Graywater Treatment System Suitable for a Small Business  Appalachian State University students are developing an artificial wetland suitable for recycling of graywater from small businesses for immediate reuse. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - AIChE/YCOSST
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American Society of Civil Engineers and Engineers without Borders Gonzaga University SU835088 Integrating Improved Sustainable Technologies into the Heart of the Home — The Kitchen  Gonzaga University students are developing a simple ventilation system for kitchens in rural dwellings using electrical power generated from thermoelectric cells driven by waste heat from cooking fires. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - American Society of Civil Engineers and Engineers without Borders
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P3 Student Choice Award Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University SU836025 Portable Solar Water Purification System for Public Use during Disaster Recovery  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students are designing a foldable solar power water purification system that can fit into a backpack for easy transport for use after a disaster that effects the drinking water supply. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - Team Choice
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P3 Student Choice Award Vanderbilt University SU836022  Don’t Eat Your Spinach: Nature Inspired Biohybrid Solar Cells  Vanderbilt University students will develop a biohybrid solar panel that substitutes a protein from spinach for rare metals (mined), and is capable of producing electrical energy. [Read More] Photos of P3 Award - Vanderbilt University
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