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The National Mall, May 9-10, 2006

(National Academy of Engineering (NAE) - May 9, 2006) - The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is providing support for the People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Program funded by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research & Development. Judges for the award competition will be comprised of a panel convened by the NAE and awards will be announced on the evening of May 10.

More than 350 college and university students will soon head to the nation's capital to compete for the EPA's Second Annual P3 (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) Award on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The National Sustainable Design Expo is the showcase for the EPA's P3 Awards featuring novel designs for green buildings, innovative alternative fuel technologies, ideas on rainwater collection, and even options for "greening" the apparel industry. This is an opportunity to see innovative, cutting-edge technologies developed by university students and their faculty advisors; to learn what nonprofit organizations and government agencies are doing to advance sustainability; and to experience sustainable products that are currently available.

The competition will culminate in an awards ceremony the evening of May 10 to highlight the projects selected to receive the EPA's P3 Award which potentially features a $75,000 grant. The Green Building Initiative, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology will announce separate awards at that time. See the agenda at the EPA P3 website for more details. This national student design competition enables college students to research, develop and design scientific, technical and policy solutions to sustainability challenges.

Support for the competition includes partners in the federal government, industry, and scientific and professional societies, many of whom will also have exhibits on the Mall. To learn more about the competition, visit: www.epa.gov/P3.

The National Mall event is open to the public and will take place on Tuesday, May 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 10, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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