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People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Student Awards

Release Date: 05/18/2005
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Contact: Suzanne Ackerman, 202-564-4355 /

(05/18/05) To encourage sustainable solutions to environmental issues, EPA last year launched the People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award competition. On May 16 - 17, more than 400 college students exhibited their innovative solutions for an environmentally sustainable future on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

"The originality and breadth of these projects demonstrates the high degree of innovation and environmental interest that exists on college campuses today," said E. Timothy Oppelt, acting administrator, EPA Office of Research and Development. "These young students represent the scientific leadership of tomorrow."

The P3 Award winners, who were selected by a panel convened by the National Academy of Sciences are:

    Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio -- design of a low-cost system that enables visual observation and interpretation of total energy and water consumption for individual dormitory floors or an entire college campus.
    Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y. -- design of a low cost, multifunctional solar oven for use in developing Latin American countries. Solar ovens can reduce wood consumption, thus lessening deforestation and soil erosion.
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.-- a system to compare the costs, health and economic benefits, and performance of three drinking-water treatment technologies for developing nations.
    University of Colorado, Denver, Colo. -- a sustainable system design to meet the energy needs of a tribal village in India, using local materials and renewable energy systems, such as wind turbines, anaerobic digesters, solar cookers, and efficient stoves.
    University of California, Berkeley, Calif. -- use of ultraviolet light to disinfect drinking water at the point of use -- the household tap or neighborhood well.
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. -- management model for research labs to select less toxic, green chemical alternatives. The system inventories types and volumes of lab chemicals and links to alternative green chemical databases.
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. -- AWARE@Home: a tool for households to monitor resource consumption patterns in real time and on-demand, and to measure the costs and impacts of specific energy conservation actions. The homeowner can see immediately the results of conservation actions in dollars saved and emissions reduced.
    More information about the P3 Award winners and the competition can be found on the Internet at: . Additional information about the EPA's sustainability research program can be found at: .