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New Grants ask students to design new green technologies

on Thursday,October 08,2009 20:10

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Students are being asked to lead the way in environmentally progressive technologies, as a series of new competitive grants from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency tasks aspiring designers with tackling the problem of sustainability in emerging and established economies.

The grants are part of a tiered competition referred to as the P3 or the People, Prosperity and the Planet awards, in which interdisciplinary teams of students who design and build sustainable technologies that promote the quality of life, economic development and environmental protection.

The first phase of the competition awards $10,000 grants to the 43 groups whose designs for sustainable technologies in water, energy, agriculture, materials, chemicals, built environments and information technologies show the most promise and culminates eight-months later at the sixth annual National Sustainable Design Expo, where a select few will move on to the second phase - and an additional $75,000 grant.

Designs earning phase 1 grants include dose controllers for water treatment plants, thermoelectric power harvesting systems and LED lighting for homes and offices.
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