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The Future Looks Bright

2009 Winners of EPA's P3 Award Design Competition for Sustainability Announced

2009 P3 Winners
On April 18, 2009, teams of budding scientists and engineers from colleges and universities across the country gathered at the Fifth Annual National Sustainable Design Expo on the National Mall in Washington, DC, to showcase their innovative designs for advancing environmental sustainability. The teams were all competing for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's coveted P3 Award for sustainability.

The three "P's" in P3 are People, Prosperity and the Planet. The competition focuses on benefiting people, promoting prosperity, and protecting the planet through innovative designs to address challenges to sustainability in the developed and developing world.

Established in 2004, the P3 Award Competition is a national student design contest administered by EPA's National Center for Environmental Research. The goal is to foster sustainability education in the nation's colleges and universities while tapping the creative energy of undergraduate and graduate student design and research teams.

The competition has two phases. In phase I, student teams and their faculty advisors submit research proposals for a chance to earn up to $10,000 in seed money to research and develop their design projects during the academic year.

Once the designs are developed, P3 grantees are invited to the National Mall in Washington, DC, each spring to present their projects at the National Sustainable Design Expo. Each design is reviewed by a panel of judges convened by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an organization dedicated to advancing science around the world. The panel's evaluations are passed on to EPA officials, who then choose six teams to receive the prestigious EPA P3 Award. The honor includes the opportunity to receive up to $75,000 in additional grant money, allowing the students to continue to work on their ideas, advancing them from prototypes to the marketplace.

"Scientific innovation has long been a driving force behind the U.S. economy," said Lek Kadeli, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Research and Development. "The ingenuity displayed by this year's People, Prosperity and the Planet award winners shows that we can look forward to a bright future where economic growth and environmental sustainability go hand in hand."

And the winners of the 2009 EPA P3 Awards are:

For more information on the P3 Award competition: http://www.epa.gov/P3

To see all the P3 winners and honorable mentions: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3/project_websites/2009/2009awardwinners.html

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