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P3 Student Design Competition

Learn About the National Sustainable Design Expo

What is EPA's P3 Competition?

P3 stands for people, prosperity and the planet. For this annual event, teams of college students consider all three as they design tangible, cutting-edge solutions to real-world problems. They create; they innovate; they strive to make a difference. P3 aims to engage and educate the next generation of scientists about sustainability, spark innovative and sustainability technologies and support their use around the world. With an original grant of $15,000, the student teams develop their designs through the school year and then bring their projects to the National Sustainable Design Expo (NSDE) to showcase their work at the USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF). Prior to the Expo, P3 teams submit their project reports to compete for a second grant of $75,000 to implement their designs and potentially bring them to the marketplace. 

What is the National Sustainable Design Expo?

The National Sustainable Design Expo (NSDE) is an inspiring exhibition of innovative technologies for a sustainable future. EPA P3 student projects exhibit alongside EPA programs, government agencies, and advanced tech companies to showcase their designs and achievements.