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2011/2012 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 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 2012 Competitors
Arizona State University SU836016 Developing Commercially Viable Culture Media from Wastewaters Optimized for the Emerging Microalgae-based Biofuel Industry  Arizona State University students are investigating how nutrient wastes from wastewater treatment plants can be used to create an inexpensive algae culture media for biofuel production. [Read More] Photos of 2012 Competitors
Blackburn College SU836034 Mycocomposting of waster paper and the search for the next Biofuel  Blackburn College students are isolating fungi strains to test whether they can convert cellulose/lignin waste from paper to biofuels in a composting facility. [Read More] Photos of 2012 Competitors
Brigham Young University SU836027 Power Harvesting System For More Efficient, Cleaner Burning Cookstoves  Brigham Young University students are designing a power harvesting system that will extract power from the exhaust of a cookstove and use that power to ventilate the cooking space and improve combustion efficiency. [Read More] Photos of 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
Clark Atlanta University SU835083 Recombinant Lignin-Degrading Enzymes to Digest Wood for Biofuel Production  Clark Atlanta University students are designing genes for bacteria that will produce lignin-degrading enzymes in plant cell walls to more efficiently produce the renewable fuel bioethanol. [Read More] Photos of 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
Colorado State University SU835087 A Sustainable Design Paradigm for Smart Performance Textiles and Apparel  Colorado State University students are developing a “solar powered-natural fiber” for outdoor sports clothing that harvests solar energy as a substitute for alkaline batteries to power electronics. [Read More] Photos of 2012 Competitors
Cornell University SU836023  Point-of-Use Polyurethane Foam Filter  Cornell University students are developing a point-of-use filter that can safely treat high turbidity surface waters to provide safe drinking water to communities lacking access to municipally treated water. [Read More] Photos of 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
Gannon University SU836031 Prototype of a Biomass Energy-Source Generator and Remote Control and Monitoring  Gannon University students are developing a method for producing a renewable biofuel from grape pomace, the fruit residue left after removing the juice. [Read More] Photos of 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Central Campus SU835085 Green Infrastructure in Protection of Coastal Water Quality  Inter-American University of Puerto Rico students are evaluating green storm water infrastructure for how effective it is for reducing contaminants entering near shore environments. [Read More] Photos of 2012 Competitors
James Madison University SU835082 Research into the Design and Development of a Campus Composting Facility  James Madison University students are designing an aerobic composting facility on their campus for recycling food waste from dining halls that may reduce chemical fertilizer use and greenhouse gas emissions from landfills. [Read More] Photos of 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
Missouri University of Science and Technology SU835073 Climate-Responsive Adaptive Controls for Natural Ventilation  Missouri University of Science and Technology students are developing a control system that opens and closes windows to maximize natural ventilation and save energy by sensing differences in outdoor and indoor climate conditions. [Read More] Photos of 2012 Competitors
New Mexico State University SU836018 Pyrolysis of Algal Biomass in a Solar Furnace Reactor  New Mexico State University students are developing a solar-driven reactor that converts solid wastes found in algal biofuel into additional liquid and gaseous biofuel to increase fuel production. [Read More] Photos of 2012 Competitors
Northern Illinois University SU835130 A Continuous-Operation Variable-Feedstock Biomass Gasifier Design Based on Indigenous Materials  Northern Illinois University students are developing a cookstove that allows farmers in developing countries to utilize biomass waste materials, such as water hyacinth, as a fuel to cook food and heat homes. [Read More] Photos of 2012 Competitors
Ohio University SU836012 Virtual Boat for Environmental Education (VBEE)  Ohio University students are designing a virtual boat that will provide the public with a tool to review the water quality index at locations along the Ohio River and trace sources of pollution. [Read More] Photos of 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
University of California - Irvine SU836030 Microbial Desalination Fuel Cell as a Sustainable Technology for Renewable Water and Power  University of California-Irvine students are designing a microbial desalination fuel cell (MDFC) as a pretreatment at the seawater desalination plant that will provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water at minimal energy cost. [Read More] Photos of 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
University of Delaware SU835096 Twenty-mile clothing: localized production of apparel and accessories from agriculture-based materials  University of Delaware students are designing and developing apparel and accessories using natural, renewable, and locally grown materials such as wool, mohair, chicken feather, and natural dyes. [Read More] Photos of 2012 Competitors
University of New Hampshire SU835076 Harvesting Wind Energy with Existing Bridge Underpass Infrastructure  University of New Hampshire students are testing the feasibility of using wind generated from traffic and natural flow through bridge underpasses to harvest energy for powering lighting, signals, and emergency warning systems. [Read More] Photos of 2012 Competitors
University of North Dakota SU835086 Development of a Biosensor for Monitoring of Mercury Pollution in Natural Water  University of North Dakota students are developing a biosensor that can detect low concentrations of mercury in the Red River of North Dakota. [Read More] Photos of 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors
University of Toledo SU836037 Optimization and Sustainability of Converting Agricultural Animal Wastes into Biofuels  University of Toledo students are developing a process to convert animal wastes into a manure-based biosolids fuel for fuel at coal-fired power plants. [Read More] Photos of 2012 Competitors
Valdosta State University
University of Georgia
SU836033 Application of Green Technology in the Production of Pharmaceuticals  Valdosta State University students are developing an economical and green aquaculture process for the production of pharmaceutical agents, particularly those from the ocean. [Read More] Photos of 2012 Competitors
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 2012 Competitors

2011/2012 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 QR Code
Drexel University SU835066 Lightweight Green Roof Water Retention System QR Code for 2012 Competitors
Purdue University SU835067 Development of Community Power from Sustainable Small Hydro Power Systems – A Capacity Building Project in Bangang, Cameroon QR Code for 2012 Competitors
Stanford University SU835068 New Methods of Teaching Renewable Energy to Students QR Code for 2012 Competitors
University of Delaware SU836007 Development of apparel and footwear from renewable sources QR Code for 2012 Competitors
University of Georgia SU836006 Renewable Energy-Powered Bulk Milk Cooling for Smallholder Dairy Farmers  QR Code for 2012 Competitors
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign SU835070 Water Collection, Containment, and Self Regulating Distribution System QR Code for 2012 Competitors
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign SU835069 Use of Bone Char for the Removal of Arsenic and Uranium from Groundwater at the Pine Ridge Reservation QR Code for 2012 Competitors
University of Massachusetts - Lowell SU835071 Novel 'Greener' Routes to Halogen-Free Flame Retardant Materials QR Code for 2012 Competitors

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