As part of its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) annual student design competitions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is giving nearly $700,000 to 45 student teams. Under phase 1 of the competition, each team will receive a grant totaling up to $15,000, for an overall amount of $675,000 among all teams, to be applied toward designing and developing sustainable technologies to help protect people’s health and the environment.

The proposals must highlight technology and its potential to improve quality of life, while promoting economic development and protecting the planet. Among the proposals in this year’s competition are:
  • A design for fog harvesting technologies to provide clean water and reduced pollution in underdeveloped communities  
  • A prototype system to improve building energy performance through enhancing heat transmission and solar heat gain  
  • A module that can improve the efficiency of solar energy collectors
After eight months of work on their projects, the teams will bring their designs to Washington, D.C., to participate in the EPA’s National Sustainable Design Expo, to be held April 20-21, 2013. The expo will be held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and will be open to the public. During the event, a panel of scientific experts will judge the projects. Winners will receive a P3 award and recommendation for a second phase grant of up to $90,000 to further develop their designs and prepare them for the marketplace.

The full list of winners, which includes abstracts of each proposal, is available here.