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2005/2006 P3 Award - Phase 1: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet

Institution EPA Grant Number Project Title Project Descriptions Photos
Appalachian State University SU832484 Closing the Biodiesel Loop: Self Sustaining Community Based Biodiesel Production Appalachian State University students will develop a sustainable education facility to promote and demonstrate small-scale biodiesel processing while providing hands-on research opportunities.[Read More] Photos
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo SU832479 Recyclability Index for Automobiles California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo students will create a rating system for the ecological impacts of vehicles at the end of their lives, based on recyclability, toxic material content, and ultimate disposal.[Read More] Photos
Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus SU832513 Solar Thermal Heating System for a Zero Energy House Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus, also known as "Pittsburgh Synergy," plans to design and build an 800 ft2 home powered by site-based solar energy systems.[Read More]  
Clarkson University SU832488 Biodiesel as a Sustainable Alternative to Petroleum Diesel in School Buses Clarkson University students will conduct a feasibility study that examines using locally produced biodiesel as a replacement fuel for school buses.[Read More] Photos
Drexel University SU832486 Design of a Trap Grease Upgrader for BioFuel Processing - Phase I Drexel University students will characterize waste cooking grease captured from grease traps to determine its suitability as a feedstock to produce biodiesel. A biofuel production plant will be designed around the feedstock properties of the trap grease.[Read More] Photos
Duke University SU832501 The DELTA Smart House: Cross-Disciplinary Projects within the Design Framework of Sustainable Construction Duke engineers will explore how to conceptualize, design and fabricate sustainable building systems... [Read More] Photos
Eastern Illinois University SU832497 Increased Drinking Water Supply Through Improved Cistern Design in Rural Haiti and Other Developing Countries Eastern Illinois University students will research the most promising designs and construction methods for simple, economical solutions to maintain cisterns, allow them to last longer, and enable prolonged access to clean drinking water.[Read More] Photos
Gonzaga University SU832495 Manufacturing Facility for Activated Carbon and Ceramic Water Filters at the Songhai Center, Benin Gonzaga University students will plan and design a facility and the processes to manufacture Filtron® ceramic drinking water filters at the Songhai Center in Porto-Novo, Benin.[Read More] Photos
Iowa State University, Federal University of Vicosa SU832490 Renewable Resources To Power A University - A Model For Regional Sustainable Development Iowa State University and Federal University of Vicosa students will develop an overall system model for a renewable energy system and investigate the ...[Read More] Photos
Iowa State University SU832499 Drinking Water Disinfection Using a UV/Photocatalyst Iowa State University students will develop a small-scale, sustainable, water disinfection technology requiring a minimum of treatment time.[Read More] Photos
Lafayette College SU832480 The Characterization and Implementation of an Enhanced Activated Alumina for the Removal of Dissolved Arsenic at the Point of Entry Lafayette College students will develop a low-cost and reliable point-of-entry technology to effectively remove inorganic arsenic from groundwater sources of drinking water.[Read More] Photos
Lafayette College SU832494 Development of Sustainable Water Systems in Yoro, Honduras Lafayette College students will design a sustainable water supply and sanitation system for the rural village of La Fortuna using a systematic evaluation method developed at the College.[Read More] Photos
Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge SU832476 Minimizing the Environmental Impact of Construction Materials in Playground Design Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge students will provide recommendations to make playgrounds safer and more economical by using bagasse, a sugar cane processing by-product, as a surfacing material.[Read More] Photos
Massachusetts Institute of Technology SU832492 Scale-up Implementation of a Sustainable, Appropriate, Awards-winning, Arsenic and Microbial Removal Filter in Rural Nepal Massachusetts Institute of Technology and their local Nepali partner, Environment and Public Health Organization have engaged in multiple years of R&D on arsenic detection and remediation in Nepal, and, since 2003 have implemented and are now scale upping their innovative, low-cost, award-winning household-level drinking water treatment system, the KanchanTM Arsenic Filter.[Read More] Photos
New Jersey Institute of Technology SU832508 Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Systems Innovation: A Student Design Project on Mobility in the Post-Automobile Era New Jersey Institute of Technology students will use management scanning techniques to assess among other topics: the role of alternative fuel vehicles; integration...[Read More] Photos
New Mexico State University SU832485 Photobioreactor for Hydrogen Production from Cattle Manure New Mexico State University students will design a prototype of an anaerobic reactor for biohydrogen production from cattle manure.[Read More] Photos
Northern Illinois University SU832478 Use of a Corn Processing Co-Product as a Biofiller Material in a Plastic Resin Northern Illinois University students will study the different properties that corn co-products have when mixed with plastics to determine a "biofiller" that could reduce the amount of petroleum in plastic -- making a more biodegradable plastic.[Read More] Photos
Ohio Northern University SU832477 High Albedo and Environment-Friendly Concrete for Smart Growth and Sustainable Development Ohio Northern University students will investigate solar reflective properties (albedos) of conventional concrete and design new concrete mixtures that have higher albedo values, yet are affordable, environment-friendly, durable, structurally sound, and esthetically acceptable.[Read More] Photos
Oklahoma State University SU832483 C2CAD: A Sustainable Apparel Design and Production Conceptual Framework Oklahoma State University students will develop, implement, and evaluate a conceptual framework for apparel design and production that allows designers and manufacturers to consider environmental sustainability in their design and production processes.[Read More] Photos
Oklahoma State University, Green Blue Institute SU832506 Design of Sustainable Relief Housing in Africa: an Implementation of the "Cradle to Cradle" Model in Earthbag Construction Oklahoma State University students and the Green Blue Institute will design a sustainable, relief-housing prototype that aids in sheltering homeless citizens until they are able to return to their traditional ways of life.[Read More] Photos
Portland State University SU832489 Whole systems, Integrated Site design for Education (WISE) Website: An Interactive Website for Educators and Students Portland State University students will create an interactive website for 4th to 8th grade educators and students in...[Read More] Photos
Rutgers University SU832496 Stormwater Management in Highland Park Borough: The Next Step in a Sustainability Plan Rutgers University students will analyze management designs that divert and manage stormwater runoff from connected impervious surfaces and traditional stormwater drainage systems to prevent pollutants from entering the existing stormwater systems in Highland Park.[Read More] Photos
Stanford University SU832510 The Green Dorm: a Sustainable Residence and Living Laboratory for Stanford University Stanford University students will explore sustainable building technologies and sustainable living habits through the design, construction, and operation of an innovative facility containing residential, laboratory and common space.[Read More] Photos
Texas A & M University SU832502 Enhancing Sustainability by Spinning Green into a Grey Infrastructure: The Design of Parks and Greenways in a Community's Fabric Texas A & M University students will develop an ensemble of model policies and designs that can be used to incorporate a green infrastructure into a city's landscape for enhancing community sustainability.[Read More] Photos
Trinity University SU832475 Knudsen Cell Reactor for Catalyst Research Related to Hydrogen Technologies Trinity University students will design a full-scale Knudsen cell reactor system to enable research involved with hydrogen and fuel technologies.[Read More] Photos
Tufts University SU832481 Developing a Turnkey Vegetative, Substrate and Container Assembly for use with Residential and Commercial Extensive Roofs in New England and Southeast Canada Tufts University students will expand the efforts in the Northeast region to help test and identify appropriate regional species for green roofs.[Read More] Photos
Tufts University SU832498 Application of Bioretention, Native Plants and Other Low Impact Storm water Management Strategies to Tufts University Tufts University students will blend low-impact development strategies with best management strategies using native plant communities to enhance stormwater management.[Read More] Photos
University of California - Riverside SU832493 Rainwater Harvesting: A Simple Means of Supplementing California's Thirst for Water University of California - Riverside students will design and develop methods and technologies of rainwater harvesting to supplement local water supplies including proposed policies and incentives to help implement the technologies.[Read More] Photos
University of Cincinnati SU832482 Phosphorus Recovery from Sewage University of Cincinnati students will link high-tech approaches of phosphorous recovery from the developed to the developing world.[Read More] Photos
University of Colorado at Boulder SU832500 Sustainability of the Filtrón for Microbial Disinfection University of Colorado at Boulder students will evaluate the long-term effectiveness of a specific point-of-use device for water disinfection in developing countries.[Read More] Photos
University of Colorado at Boulder SU832509 A Green Mind: A Sustainable, Smart Growth Plan for Muramba, Rwanda University of Colorado at Boulder students will develop a green community in Muramba, Rwanda. The project will focus on rainwater collection for safe drinking water at relatively low cost.[Read More] Photos
University of Florida SU832504 Zero Infrastructure Stormwater Management University of Florida students will create alternative design strategies that address the need for effective stormwater control while achieving a more sustainable community.[Read More] Photos
University of Iowa, Iowa Department of Natural Resources SU832503 Design of a P3 Exchange Program University of Iowa and Iowa Department of Natural Resources will develop an intern exchange program with Xicotepec de Juarez, Puebla, Mexico and the University of Iowa for students studying pollution prevention.[Read More] Photos
University of Kentucky SU832514 Smart Growth Land Use Planning for a Community at the Rural Urban Interface Utilizing Structured Public Involvement University of Kentucky students will partner with county leadership to explore multiple "Smart Growth" ideas to accommodate projected growth and gauge public acceptance of the ideas.[Read More] Photos
University of Massachusetts - Lowell SU832474 Biocatalytic Polymerization of Naturally Occurring Green Tea Flavonoids for Cancer Therapy University of Massachusetts - Lowell students will create compounds with promising anti-cancer activity using a novel strategy to polymerize naturally occurring compounds using environmentally friendly methods.[Read More] Photos
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor SU832511 Transforming the University Campus into a Sustainable Community: An Evaluation of Land Use, Smart Growth, and Sustainability at the University of Michigan University of Michigan - Ann Arbor students will develop a model that will combine selected sustainability indicators, transportation system analyses, and geographical information to evaluate different land development scenarios.[Read More] Photos
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor SU832512 Growing Alternative Sustainable Buildings: Bio-composite Products from Natural Fiber, Biodegradable and Recyclable Polymer Materials for Load-bearing Construction Components University of Michigan - Ann Arbor students will develop and test new product design concepts using bio-composite materials in load-bearing elements in buildings.[Read More] Photos
University of Missouri - Rolla SU832487 S.T.E.P. (Solar Thermal/Electric Panel):Full-Scale Performance Data and Energy Testing University of Missouri - Rolla students will construct and test a model of a roofing system that is visually appealing, hybridized, and solar/thermal panel integrated.[Read More] Photos
University of Texas at El Paso SU832491 Development of a Bi-national Groundwater Management Model to Provide for a Sustainable Water Supply Within the El Paso / Ciudad Juarez Region University of Texas at El Paso students will develop a bi-national groundwater management model that will enable this region to consider a strategic plan for water usage, sharing, and conservation that will lead to sustainability.[Read More] Photos
University of Virginia SU832505 EVALUATING ecoMOD: Building Performance Monitoring and Post-Occupancy Evaluation of an Ecological, Modular House University of Virginia students are creating a series of ecological, modular and affordable houses through partnerships with Piedmont Housing Alliance and Habitat for Humanity.[Read More] Photos
Virginia Wesleyan College SU832507 Moving Towards a Sustainable Campus: Design of a Green Roof Monitoring Experiment Virginia Wesleyan College students will design green roofs for campus that will reduce the volume of stormwater runoff and concentrations of mercury and nutrients in runoff.[Read More] Photos

2005-2006 P3 Award - Phase 2: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet

Institution EPA Grant Number Project Title
University of California - Berkeley SU832462 UV-Tube Design Concept for Sustainable, Point-of-Use Water Disinfection
Oberlin College SU832466 Developing and Assessing the Impact of a Socio-Technological Resource-Use Feedback System for Improving the Environmental Performance of Buildings and Institutions
Massachusetts Institute of Technology SU832467 Encouraging Toxic use Reduction in Academic Laboratories
Rochester Institute of Technology SU832465 Design and Implementation of a Low Cost, Regionally Appropriate Solar Oven with Minimum Ecological Impact for Developing Countries
University of Colorado at Denver,
Colorado State University
SU832464 Sustainable Energy Systems Design for a Tribal Village in India
University of North Carolina SU832463 Comparative Analysis of Three Sustainable Point of Use Drinking Water Treatment Technologies for Developing Nations

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