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41 P3 Grants Awarded

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EPA has awarded P3 grants to student teams representing 41 universities in 21 states. Winners were chosen from about 100 teams who applied. All the competition winners received $10,000 grants to research and develop their design projects during the academic year (2005-2006).

Then, next spring, all P3 grant recipients are invited to Washington, D.C. to compete for the P3 Award.

The National Academies, advisors to the nation on science, engineering, and medicine, will convene a panel to evaluate and recommend the award winners who will be chosen by the EPA. The P3 Award includes the possibility of additional funding up to $75,000 that gives the students an opportunity to further develop their designs for sustainability, implement their projects in the field, and move them to the marketplace. The next P3 Award Competition will be held on May 9 and 10, 2006, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The EPA launched the P3 (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) design competition in 2004 to respond to the technical needs of the developed and developing world in moving toward sustainability. This national competition enables college students to research, develop, and design sustainable solutions to environmental challenges. Relevant environmental, economic, and social considerations are key to this award. Support for the competition includes more than 40 partners in the federal government, industry, and scientific and professional societies.

More information about the P3 winners and their projects can be found on the Internet at

To learn more about the P3 program, visit the Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3/.

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