Sustainability Spotlight: Six University Teams Named Winners of EPA People, Prosperity and the Planet Awards

The U.S. EPA awarded grants today to six college teams across the country who participated in the 7th annual EPA People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) award competition, which was part of the 2011 EPA Earth Day celebration event held April 16-17. Entries from 55 teams were judged by a panel of national experts, organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, on their project’s innovation and technical merit as well as its connection to sustainability in terms of people, prosperity and the planet.

Winners of this year’s awards include:

University of Massachusetts-Lowell for development of greener halogen-free flame retardant material

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for solar powered water collection, containment and self regulating distribution system

Purdue University for development of community power from sustainable small hydro power systems

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Oglala Lakota College for use of bone char for the removal of arsenic and uranium from groundwater at the Pine Ridge Reservation

Drexel University for lightweight green roof systems

Stanford University for innovative university-school partnerships for renewable energy projects and education

Each winning team receives a grant of up to up to $75,000 to further develop the design, implement it in the field, or move it to the marketplace. For more information on the P3 Award competition visit


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