EPA Announces P3 Program Grant Winners
Student Teams From 38 Universities Picked
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be awarding $15,000 grants to each of 38 People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) university-student teams for proposed projects to develop new, sustainable products and strategies.
"This year's P3 teams have created innovative research projects that tackle some of our most pressing environmental and public health challenges," said Dr. Thomas A. Burke, EPA's science adviser and deputy assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Research and Development. "These students have the opportunity to bring their exciting new ideas for innovation in sustainability to life, by expanding their learning experience beyond the classroom."
Teams selected for P3 Phase I awards will receive grants of up to $15,000 to fund the development of their projects, which will later be showcased at the National Sustainable Design Expo in the spring. Following the Expo, P3 teams may compete for Phase II awards of up to $75,000, to further develop their designs and possibly bring them to the marketplace.
Grantees include student teams from the following universities: Auburn University; University of Arkansas; California State University, Chico; California State University, Monterey Bay; California State University, Sacramento; University of California, Davis; University of California, Riverside; University of California, Santa Cruz; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; University of Central Florida - Orlando, Fla.; Georgia Institute of Technology; University of Hawaii; Lewis University; Southern Illinois University; Purdue University; University of Kansas; Kansas State University; University of Kentucky; University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Mississippi State University - Starkville, Miss.; University of Missouri; New Jersey Institute of Technology; Cornell University; Manhattan College; University of North Carolina; University of Cincinnati ; University of Dayton; North Central State College; University of Toledo; Antioch College; Lamar University; Southern Methodist University; Texas Southern University; James Madison University; Gonzaga University; Washington State University.
"This year's teams are testing innovative ideas such as repurposing chemical byproducts from the mining industry into new concrete that helps inhibit the corrosion of steel, and developing a food waste collection kiosk that will spur food waste to energy production in the local community," an EPA news release states.
Previous P3 teams have taken their sustainable ideas and gone on to start businesses. The founders of Lucid Design were awarded one of the EPA's first P3 awards as the Oberlin College team in 2004. Lucid Design specializes in tracking and analyzing energy consumption and resource use data for clients that include Google and Sony.
In 2011, a P3 team from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University developed a portable, solar powered, water purification system in the form of a backpack. The team launched AquaSolve Ventures to produce backpacks that are capable of purifying 4,300 gallons of water a day.
Yet another P3 success is OneEarth Designs, which specializes in solar powered technology. It was formed from a 2010 Harvard University P3 team. One Earth Designs' signature product is the SolSource 3-in-1, a 100 percent solar powered grill to provide home heating and electricity.