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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Two Clarkson University Teams Win Awards From EPA for Environmental Innovation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Awards for sustainability to each of two Clarkson University teams that participated in the Sixth Annual National Sustainable Design Expo on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., this past weekend.

Clarkson University is the first school ever to win two awards in one year.  Each team will receive a $75,000 grant from the EPA to further develop their design, implement it in the field, or move it to the marketplace.

The award competition and expo was held at EPA's 40th anniversary celebration of Earth Day, April 23-26. Winners of the P3 awards developed sustainable projects and ideas that protect the environment, encourage economic growth and use natural resources more efficiently.

The first Clarkson team presented a project titled "Farm Waste to Energy: A Sustainable Solution for Small-Scale Farms."  The second team presented "Sustainable Year-Round Food Production in Cold Climates."

"Sustainable innovations like the ones created by our P3 Award winners are the environmental and economic future of our nation. In fields from agriculture to architecture to energy production, sustainability is the true north on the path ahead," said Paul T. Anastas, assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Research and Development.  "Innovations like these keep our country competitive and healthy.
Congratulations to our winners, and to everyone who participated, for their efforts to create scientific and technological innovations that will lead us into a sustainable future."

Each year, the National Sustainable Design Expo showcases innovative, cutting-edge technologies designed by student teams along with sustainable policies and technologies developed and implemented by government and state agencies, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

Support for the competition includes more than 40 partners in the federal government, industry, and scientific and professional societies.  This year's expo was co-sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Find more information on the P3 Award competition at