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Sustainable Development

Student Design Competition for Sustainablity

NIFA partners with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the P3: PEOPLE, PROSPERITY AND THE PLANET Student Design Competition for Sustainability.

EPA and 40 partners, including NIFA, launched the P3 Award in 2004 to respond to the challenges of the developed and developing world in moving toward sustainability. This national competition enables college students to research, develop, and design scientific, technical, and policy solutions to sustainability challenges. Their designs are helping to achieve the mutual goals of economic prosperity while providing a higher quality of life and protecting the planet. Students and their faculty advisors compete for the EPA P3 Award and the opportunity of up to an additional $75,000 in funding to move their designs to the marketplace or implement them in the field. 

The P3 award winners are recognized at a ceremony held each year at the conclusion of the National Sustainable Design Expo. The Expo is held in April each year in Washington, DC. P3 teams demonstrate their sustainable designs and Expo exhibitors showcase new products for green buildings, innovative alternative energy technologies, strategies for rainwater collection and purification, and other sustainable technologies. The 2008 National Sustainable Design Expo will take place on the National Mall in Washington, DC from April 20-April 22, 2008. 

 

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