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EPA Awards Grant to the University of Miami for Innovative Technology Projects

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ATLANTA (March 22, 2018) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. with a $15,000 People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grant. Nationally, EPA awarded more than $463,000 in funding for 31 Phase I student teams through the P3 Grants Program. These teams, made up of college students from across the country, are developing sustainable technologies to solve current environmental and public health challenges.

“This year’s P3 teams are applying their classroom learning to create innovative and practical technologies,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “This next generation of scientists has demonstrated a commitment to designing sustainable solutions that will help protect public health and the environment.”

Funding for the P3 competition is divided into two phases. Teams selected for Phase I awards receive grants of up to $15,000 to fund the proof of concept for their projects, which are then showcased at the National Sustainable Design Expo. The 2018 Expo is scheduled to be held at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC, April 7-8. Phase I teams are eligible to compete for Phase II awards of up to $75,000 to further develop and implement their designs. 

“This grant will allow the University of Miami student team to apply their classroom experiences, and to develop innovative solutions to improve their communities and the environment,” said Regional Administrator Trey Glenn.

“The University of Miami College of Engineering is commitment to creating innovative and sustainable solutions. These solutions are more important than ever to address public health concerns,” said Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the University of Miami College of Engineering. “With this research grant, our students will be able to gain real-world experience and make a lasting global impact.”

To learn more about the projects of the 2017 Phase I winners, visit:

For more information on the P3 Program, visit: