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By Nathan Hale

Debra Perrone(HERALDNEWS - May 11, 2006) - Debra Perrone is doing her part to help developing countries and the environment. The Fair Lawn resident traveled to Washington this week to participate in the Environmental Protection Agency's P3 (People, Prosperity, Planet) Awards competition, as part of a team from Lafayette College, where she is a sophomore majoring in civil engineering.

The competition, in its second year, was held on the National Mall along with the National Sustainable Design Expo to promote innovations in areas such as green building construction and alternative fuel technologies, according to EPA press releases.

Perrone's team, one of two from Lafayette, designed a sustainable water supply and sanitation system for La Fortuna, a village in rural Honduras. Students worked with community members to find simple solutions for challenges such how to take advantage of the village's proximity to mountain springs without exacerbating erosion of the surrounding slopes. They worked on the project in an engineering elective at Lafayette, which is in Easton, Pa., and through the school's chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

A total of 39 teams, representing 21 colleges and universities, vied for the awards, which were announced last night, and for the potential of a $75,000 grant. Of course, the longrange goal is for many more

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