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In: ASU News exit EPA
May 1, 2007 at 2:04 pm

bioshelter_web.jpgBOONE—For the second consecutive year, a team of students from Appalachian State University has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s P3 award.

The competition is part of the National Sustainable Design Expo held each year on the National Mall in Washington D.C. The P3 program (People, Prosperity and the Planet) is a national competition that enables college students to research, develop and design scientific, technical and policy solutions to sustainability challenges.

The award includes $75,000 to move the students’ designs to the marketplace. Appalachian’s Affordable Bioshelters Project team has incorporated economical hoop-style greenhouses with passive solar design to test the use of soap foam insulation and the use of subsoil storage to moderate heating and cooling cycles within the greenhouse. The award will be used for continued research and development of these technologies.

The four main components of the project are: continued testing of existing experimental greenhouses, developing and characterizing a liquid foam insulation system, retrofitting and testing new technologies in working greenhouses, and organizing a conference.

Appalachian’s student team was honored April 25 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., for their innovative design for a sustainable tomorrow. Only six teams from a total of 42 received EPA P3 awards.

Team members are project coordinator Yonatan Strauch, Stony Oswald, Dave Fulton, Joe Smith, Brian Taddonio, Sean Hackett, Caroline House and Andy Bryant. Dr. Brian Raichle, assistant professor of technology, is the team’s faculty advisor.

Other winning teams were from Lehigh University, Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Virginia and Western Washington University.

The P3 Award was launched in 2004 to respond to the challenges of the developed and developing world in moving toward sustainability. This national competition honors students’ creativity and utility of sustainability designs. Their designs will help achieve the mutual goals of economic prosperity while providing a higher quality of life and protecting the planet.

Support for the competition includes 42 partners in the federal government, industry and scientific and professional societies.

To learn more about P3 and the competition, visit www.epa.gov/P3. For more information about the Department of Technology at Appalachian State University, visit www.tec.appstate.edu or contact Jodi (Wright) Hartley in the College of Fine and Applied Arts at (828) 262-7249.

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Photo caption: Yonatan Strauch, background, and Stony Oswald are part of a team of Appalachian State University who received a $75,000 award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study ways to reduce energy consumption in greenhouses. (Appalachian photo by University Photographer Mike Rominger)

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