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2012 EPA Research Progress Report

P3—Winning the Sustainable Future

On April 25, 2012 EPA announced the winners of its annual P3 Awards Competition for Sustainability. EPA awarded more than $1 million to university and college teams from across the country who participated in the 8th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The three “Ps” of P3 are People, Prosperity and the Planet. Established in 2004, the competition is focused on supporting innovative designs that benefit people, promote prosperity, and protect the planet while advancing sustainability around the world.

The competition has two phases. In Phase I, student teams and their faculty advisors submit research proposals for a chance to win up to $15,000 in seed money to research and develop designs for sustainable solutions to current environmental and human health challenges.

Phase I grantees are invited to Washington, DC each spring to display their research at the National Design Expo. At the Expo a panel of experts convened by the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences evaluates the projects and passes along their recommendations to the EPA officials selecting the winners.

In addition to the coveted P3 Award, winning teams received additional funding of up to $90,000 for moving their projects into Phase II where they start developing marketable prototypes of their sustainable designs.

Previous P3 award winners have started successful businesses and are marketing the technologies in the United States and around the world.

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