EPA's Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award
The International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the world's largest international pre-college science competition. It is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12. The Regeneron® ISEF 2022 took place in Atlanta, Georgia May 7th- 13th.
Since 2009, EPA has participated as a Special Award Organization, and shared information about environmental protection with the ISEF participants and visitors. In 2011, the EPA Sustainability Award was renamed in honor of Patrick Hurd, who managed the effort behind EPA's first Sustainability Award. At Regeneron® ISEF 2022, EPA selected two winning projects and one honorable mention.
|Jacqueline Prawira||Mountain House High School in Mountain House, California||reclaiming polluted water||Cyclo.Cloud: Development of Fish Scale Waste-Derived Materials for Adsorbance of Aquatic Pollutants|
|Olivia “Liv” Pollock||Pelham Memorial High School in Pelham, New York||alternative to standard plastic bags||Developing and Assessing Fucose-Based Water-Soluble Bioplastics|
EPA’s Honorable Mention went to Mason Sufnarski, a senior at Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw, North Carolina, and Josephine “Josie” Barber, a junior at Mercer Island High School, Mercer Island, Washington, for their joint project, “Sustainable Subsistence: A Low-Cost Method of Greywater Recycling for Hydroponic Agriculture.”
EPA's award provides funding for the winning students and chaperones to participate in and display the students' project at EPA's People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Student Design Competition for Sustainability. P3 is an annual event that brings together young environmental innovators and scientists to showcase their designs for a sustainable future.
- International Science and Engineering Fair
- People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Student Design Competition
|Year||Name||Topic||News Release and Related Resources|
|2021||Sohi Patel||Sustainable building materials|
|2019||Harshal Agrawal||water quality||Innovative Water Quality Project by New Jersey High School Student Wins EPA Award|
|2018||Melanie Quan||water quality||
U.S. EPA Awards Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award to Walnut Creek, Calif., Student. Video of Melanie Quan explaining her project: California High School Student Wins EPA Sustainability Award at ISEF 2018
EPA did not select a Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award winner in 2020 as no Special Awards were given at the 2020 Virtual Regeneron ISEF.