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EPA P3 Award Winners Announced at the 2006 National Sustainable Design Expo

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(Smart Growth Online - May 23, 2006) - George Gray, Assistant Administrator for U.S. EPA's Office of Research and Development, has announced winners of EPA's 2nd Annual P3 Awards -- People, Prosperity, and the Planet. Six student teams from Appalachian State University, University of Michigan, Lafayette College, Portland State University, University of Massachusetts -- Lowell, and Stanford University won the awards by competing at EPA's National Sustainable Design Expo. P3 is a partnership between the public and private sectors to achieve economic prosperity while protecting the natural systems of the planet and providing a higher quality of life. The P3 competition and awards provide grants to teams of college students to research, develop, and design sustainable solutions to environmental challenges.

P3 highlights people, prosperity, and the planet -- the three pillars of sustainability -- as the next step beyond P2 or pollution prevention. The P3 Competition consists of two phases. In Phase I, student teams compete for P3 grants and the winning recipients are awarded $10,000 to research and develop their projects during the academic year. Phase II happens in the following spring when all P3 grantees are invited to Washington, D.C. to compete for the P3 Awards. The awards provide an opportunity for additional funding to further develop and implement the technology designs.

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