On Friday, the US' Environmental Protection Agency announced that the "Fourth Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet," is now accepting entries from teams of college students around the country. The competition awards grants to teams that come up with ideas that, in the judges' minds, provide innovative solutions to sustainability problems while maintaining "economic prosperity":
EPA will award as many as 50 grants up to $10,000 each to student teams. The money will be used to research and develop sustainable solutions during the 2007-08 academic year. In spring 2008, the teams will be invited to bring their designs to Washington, D.C. to compete for EPA's P3 Award, which includes an additional award worth up to $75,000 to further develop and implement the project in the field. The competition will be judged by the National Academy of Engineering for design innovation and technical merit along with relevant social, economic and environmental considerations that are the keys to sustainable designs.Last year's winning ideas included projects on "self-sustaining community based biodiesel production" (Appalachian State University), an educational website for 4th through 8th graders on whole systems design (Portland State University), and bio-composite building materials (University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor). Student teams can submit entries to the competition through December 21, 2006. ::4th Annual P3 Awards via North Texas E-News
The P3 competition is open to teams of students attending colleges, universities and other post-secondary educational institutions. Interdisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged, including representatives from multiple engineering departments and/or departments of chemistry, architecture, industrial design, economics, policy, social sciences, business, communication, etc.
The grants will be awarded for research related to the P3 (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) sustainability competition, a national student design competition launched in 2004.