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By Michele Summa

(Daily News Staff Writer - May 19, 2006) - Stanford's Lotus Living Laboratory has been awarded $75,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to continue their research into developing green building technology. Lauren Dietrich and Chi Nguyen, from Palo Alto and San Ramon respectively, were members of the team who won the EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award.

This past year, the Green Dorm has been an opportunity for student and faculty researchers to explore sustainable building technologies and living habits through the design, construction and operation of a facility containing residential, laboratory and common space.

The group presented their results in Washington, D.C., last week at a nationwide competition sponsored by the EPA.

The Stanford project was also recognized for showing the most potential for commercialization. Judges were impressed by the goals of the project, which include building a green dorm at Stanford and developing a larger program that researches and educates about sustainable pathways for resource use and building development.

The P3 Award was launched in 2004 to respond to the technical needs in moving toward sustainability.

Learn more about the Green Dorm project at greendorm.stanford.edu exit EPA.

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