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EPA Awards More Than $500,000 in Grants to Eight University Teams for Innovative Projects to Solve Environmental and Public Health Challenges

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WASHINGTON –  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced more than $557,000 in funding for eight student teams as part of Phase II of the People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grant program. These teams, made up of college students from across the country, are developing sustainable technologies to solve current environmental and public health challenges.

“These students are applying what they have learned in the classroom to create innovative solutions to environmental challenges,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “These awards support the next generation of scientists and engineers in their commitment to environmental protection, while helping states, tribes, and local communities find solutions to their environmental issues.”

Today’s recipients include:

  • Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY): $75,000
  • Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ): $75,000
  • Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA): $69,183
  • University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH): $74,958
  • Texas Woman’s University (Denton, TX): $74,932
  • California State University, Chico (Chico, CA): $73,338
  • Butte College (Oroville, CA): $75,000
  • University of California, Riverside (Riverside, CA): $40,240


The P3 program is a two-phase research grants program that challenges students to research, develop, and design innovative projects addressing environmental and public health challenges. Phase I serves as a “proof of concept,” where teams are awarded a $15,000 grant to develop their idea and showcase their research in the spring at EPA's National Sustainable Design Expo. These teams are then eligible to compete for a Phase II grant of up to $75,000 to implement their design in a real-world setting.

Past P3 winners have gone on to start businesses based on ideas and products developed through their P3 project. For example, a 2007 P3 winning team from University of California Berkeley started Exit   SimpleWater, a water treatment company that specializes in household water treatment systems. Another successful 2007 P3 team from the University of Virginia created the Exit  Learning Barge, as a part of the Elizabeth River Project. The Learning Barge is the world’s first floating wetland classroom and America’s Greenest Vessel. It's a "steward ship," teaching children that live nearby about environmental stewardship and how to make the river swimmable and fishable by 2020.

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