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Grants for Students To Work On Substainability

P3: People, Prosperity, and the Planet.
Student Design Competition For Sustainability.
Encourages college students to apply technology in innovative ways to tackle global environmental challenges.

Gail F. Bentkover, Director
Technology and Engineering Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Mail Code 8722F, Washington, D 20460
Sample Grant Winner
Butte Community College
Moontown Foundation
Randy, Cousineau, Advisor

Interview Highlights with Gail Bentkover:
  • Some of these young people wind up starting businesses.
  • This can be a life changing experience for these people.
  • 108 teams applied and 43 teams receive a $10,000 grant.
  • Six of thee 43 teams will receive $75,000 to carry their project further.
  • The National Science Foundation received a lot of stimulus money that can be used for energy projects.
Interview Highlights with Randy Cousineau:
  • Teaches Geography and Geographic Information Systems.
  • Most of the students are first and second year students at community college.
  • Why students prefer drinking bottled water versus drinking tap water?
  • The second phase will set up to 2 filtration systems in the school cafeteria.
  • One will be free and the other will cost money.
  • They will monitor the use to see if people would rather pay for the water.
2008-2009 P3 Grant Recipients - Phase 1:
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Appalachian State University students are designing and building a sustainable algaculture facility for producing biofuels.
Appalachian State University students are designing and developing a coffee wastewater treatment system to improve the sustainability of coffee production.
Austin Peay State University students are converting solar energy and waste CO2 (carbon dioxide that is released in power plants by burning fossil fuels) into biofuels by sequential use of microalgae and bacteria in bioreactors.
Butte Community College District students are exploring ways to reduce the use of plastic bottled water.
California Lutheran University students are identifying and modeling the transport and behavior of po class="VideoDivMain textfnt mar_top20 llutants in the aquatic system of the Ventura River, California watershed.
Columbia University Earth Institute at Columbia University Engineers Without Borders-USA University of Texas at El Paso students are installing and monitoring a multifunction platform (MFP) in a farming cooperative network in Soroti, Uganda.
Drexel University students are studying architectural coatings capable of scattering and reflecting UV, Visible, and NIR radiation from the sun to reduce solar gain on the exterior of a building.
Fort Lewis College students are designing, developing, and implementing an anaerobic digester with a burner system for villages of indigenous Quechua people in the mountains of central Ecuador.
Gonzaga University students are studying the utility of water filtration technologies, biomass utilization and alternative energies for use in a proposed new dormitory.
James Madison University students are studying ways to improve and promote a locally designed ("Alcock") ram pump as a solution to problems of irrigation in community vegetable gardens in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Lafayette College students are creating a sustainable development framework (CODE-PSI) as a conceptual design for rural potable water infrastructure projects in developing countries.
Lehigh University students are designing and constructing a system for the treatment and distribution of drinking water in Pueblo Nuevo, Honduras.
Lone Star College-Kingwood students are developing a sustainable integrated waste and water management project for a newly-built rural community in Batangas, Philippines.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology students are developing and demonstrating a modular renewable energy cogeneration system that can use solar and organic resources.
Minnesota State University - Makato students are designing and testing a small-scale solar chimney for use as a renewable energy source.
Minnesota State University - Mankato are designing, building, and testing a solar-hot-water system that is made with tire inner tubes and/or other readily available materials for developing nations.
Missouri University of Science and Technology students are designing a solar thermal and electric energy hybrid roof panel system in a modular form so that alternative energy sources are available and affordable for typical homes.
Missouri University of Science and Technology students are measuring the environmental impact of automated energy management systems for residential structures.
Rochester Institute of Technology students are designing, building, and conducting preliminary tests of a prototype LED lamp to be used in developing nations as an inexpensive source of light.
The Leland Stanford Jr. University students are studying how iron containing enzymes work in biological systems so they could be applied towards green synthesis and bioremediation.
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry students are studying ecologically-engineered treatment systems that will remove nitrogen from dairy wastewater.
University of Michigan students are developing an approach for securing carbon credits to support the creation of an integrated biofuels projects.
Texas A&M students are collecting rainfall, runoff, and environmental data and simulating hydrologic conditions to quantify storm water runoff impacts on campus.
University of Alabama students are developing the Solar Evaporation Array (SEA) panel a desalination and water-purification apparatus powered by the sun.
University of Arizona students are designing and testing a recirculating aquaculture production system.
University of Arizona students are developing a safer and user-friendly solar oven for indoor and outdoor cooking.
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville students are exploring the use of a novel membrane reactor for the production of butanol from biomass-derived sugars as a sustainable and greener energy alternative biofuel.
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville students are evaluating the use of a supercritical methanol treatment and ultrasonic stimulation for production of biodiesel from variable composition feedstock.
University of California Davis students, are developing methods to determine the efficacy of green roofs in dry, hot, climate zones such inland California and other regions of the Western U.S.
University of Cincinnati students and collaborators from Ireland and Mexico are studying novel nanotechnological methods for use in photocatalytic point-of-use reactors for water disinfection in isolated rural zones in Mexico.
University of Florida students are developing a framework for four sustainability indices for bioenergy production.
University of Florida students have designed a low-tech, low-cost filtration system for an open pool reservoir in western Africa.
University of Maryland University College students are educating the public on ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle so there is a reduction of landfill material and pollution runoff.
University of Michigan students are identifying interventions that will reduce ambient fine particulate matter in southwestern Detroit.
University of Pittsburgh students are designing a low-cost process for effective removal of arsenic from groundwater.
University of South Florida students are studying community education and awareness, as a way of reducing local pollutant inputs to storm water retention ponds.
University of St. Francis students are building a test parking lot of permeable pavement with a water collection system.
University of Tennessee - Knoxville students are designing a sustainable home based on the original Norris House concept, homes originally built by TVA in 1933 a part of Norris - a New Deal model community.
University of Tennessee - Knoxville students are developing a system for the small scale refining and recovery of glycerol, a byproduct of biodiesel production, produced locally by micro-manufacturers.
University of Wisconsin (UW) students have developed a rain water catchment system for the Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research, located on the UW campus.