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Two College Teams From Illinois Win EPA Awards to Develop Innovative Technology

SPRINGFIELD, IL (SWI-NEWS.com), April 27, 2008 - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last night that student teams from Loyola University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are among six teams nationwide to win its annual People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) competition.

Loyola University students will build a laboratory to produce biodiesel from their cafeteria's vegetable oil waste, and the University of Illinois students will create a sustainable water development program for rural Nigeria.

The national competition, sponsored by EPA's Office of Research and Development, encourages college students to create sustainable solutions to environmental problems through technological innovation. These sustainable solutions must be environmentally friendly, efficiently use natural resources and be economically competitive. Each P3 award winner receives funding up to $75,000 to further develop their designs and implement them in the field or move them to the marketplace.

Honorable mention teams from EPA Region 5 are: Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, to help design a sustainable water supply and distribution system for Pignon, Haiti; Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis., to design a sustainable water supply for La Garrucha, Guatemala; and Ohio University-Main Campus, Athens, Ohio, for a project to improve public awareness of chemical exposure through a 3-D online environmental education game.

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