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EPA Recognizes University Teams for Environmental Solutions
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/29/2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced seven winning student teams of EPA's People, Prosperity and the Planet phase II awards for innovative and sustainable designs to help solve today's complex environmental problems at the 10th annual National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C.

A team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison team was among the recipients for implementing a campus recycling program for expanded polystyrene packaging thereby diverting almost 2,000 boxes and other polystyrene material from landfills in 6 months of operation.

"As we mark the 10th year of the National Sustainable Design Expo and P3 competition, we continue to be inspired by the next generation of scientists and engineers shaping the future of our country," said EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe. "These students support a vision for the future that encourages a prosperous economy while seeking sustainable and creative solutions to some of the most pressing environmental and health challenges facing our world."

EPA's P3 Program challenges student teams to create designs for a sustainable future while offering quality hands-on experience that brings science, technology, engineering and math classroom learning to life. This year's winners were selected from 35 competing teams following two days of judging by a panel of national experts convened by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Each award-winning team is recommended for a grant of up to $90,000 to further develop their design, apply it to real world situations, and bring it to the marketplace.

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