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In: The Independent Florida Alligator
By Nick Mathews
May 15, 2007

Two University of Florida teams received high honors and honorable mentions April 25 in the Environmental Protection Agency's third annual P3 competition, "People, Prosperity and the Planet," according to a UF press release.

The teams both received the awards in the national student design contest in Washington, D.C. They competed against 41 teams, consisting of 350 students and advisers, to produce feasible solutions for sustainability.

One project, "Sustainable Design and Implementation of a Solid Waste Management System in Kratovo, Macedonia: A Learning Partnership between University of Florida and Macedonia through Engineers without Borders," focused on finding a way to dispose of solid waste in a Macedonian city, according to the contest's Web page.

Kratovo's waste is currently thrown into the Tavacka river, streets and an illegal landfill.

The project addressed how to handle waste on educational, social, economic and environmental levels.

The second project is called "QnD -- Designing a Participatory Scenario Modeling Tool to Integrate Technology, Ecology and Sociology in Guatemala's Maya Biosphere Reserve and Beyond."
It was developed as a computer program that analyzes the impact of decisions on a social and environmental level and functions like a computer game, said Gregory Kiker, an agriculture and bioengineering assistant professor.

The project specializes in predicting effects from changes made to the Mayan biosphere, such as increases in tourism, Kiker said.

(C) 2007 Independent Florida Alligator via U-WIRE

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