Starting Thursday, April 18, the Environmental Protection Agency will host the 2013 National Sustainable Design Expo on the National Mall. This two-day event will gather students, scientists, businesses, government agencies, non-profits and thousands of visitors around an exhibition of green innovation. Participating college students received a $15,000 grant to develop their invention throughout the school year. At the Expo, the students compete for the EPA P3 Award and a second grant of $90,000 to implement their designs.
Among last year’s winners were Princeton University students who developed a hybrid energy solution to help communities, particularly Haiti, after infrastructures were damaged during the 2010 earthquake. The project aimed to address interruption in electrical service by developing a rapidly deployable renewable energy system including a wind turbine, solar panels, batteries for energy storage, and the circuitry and mechanical systems necessary to the hybrid system. The system was then all packed into a shipping container for efficient deployment, hoping to improve overall health in overcrowded relief camps and reduce carbon emissions associated with diesel generators that are typically used in post-disaster areas.
This year promises to be just as exciting and innovative as teams tackle affordable and green housing solutions for the most disadvantaged communities, sustainable transportation for teens, integrating sustainable technologies in residential buildings, improving solar technologies and much more.
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