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Earth Day 2009: Green Technologies and Buildings Bloom on the National Mall

Release Date: 04/16/2009
Contact Information: Suzanne Ackerman, 202-564-4355 / 7819 /

(Washington, D.C. – April 17, 2009) On April 18–20, 2009, EPA will hold the 5th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo, which will display new sustainable or green technologies. More than 40 college teams and other exhibitors from across the country will show their innovative solutions for an environmentally sustainable future, including generating ethanol from coffee production wastewater, embedding small glass spheres in house paint to deflect heat in the summer, and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to maximize prairie switch grass ethanol yield.

The expo will begin at noon on Saturday, April 18 and will also showcase EPA’s Annual People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award competition. Previous P3 winners have taken their innovations to new levels, including starting successful businesses.
Staff will post updates on EPA’s Twitter account throughout the expo: See the video from past years at

WHO: Lek Kadeli, acting assistant administrator of EPA Office of Research and Development
More than 40 student design teams and 40 exhibitors

th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo and
People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Awards

WHEN: Saturday, April 18 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, April 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: National Mall between Constitution and Independence Avenues
and 3rd and 4th Streets, N.W.
(Federal Center S.W. Metro stop - Orange and Blue Lines)

More information about the P3 event:
Photos of the exhibits and teams to be posted during the event: