Purpose of this program:
EPA and its partners offer this competition to respond to the technical needs of the developed and developing world in moving towards the goal of sustainability. The competition is purposely designed to provide flexibility for creativity allowing interdisciplinary teams of students to define a technical challenge to sustainability, to discuss the relationship of the challenge to people, prosperity, and the planet, and to develop a design approach to address the challenge. Challenges from a wide range of categories will be considered. These include, but are not limited to, water quality and quantity, energy production and distribution, green chemistry and engineering, biotechnology, conservation of materials and energy, product design, mobility, information technology, and delivery of resources (i.e., educational, medical, etc.). However, challenges related to population growth and medical care are not included in this competition (other than the delivery or distribution systems of knowledge, goods and supplies). The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its partners are inviting submissions to the 1st Annual P3 Award: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability. P3 is the next step beyond P2--pollution prevention--and highlights the three components of sustainability: People, prosperity and the planet. The P3 Award will be given to the winner of a national, intercollegiate design competition among interdisciplinary student teams for their research, development, and design solutions to the scientific and technical challenges of sustainability.