US offers $557k in funding for sustainable student projects

They will use the money to develop innovative technologies to solve environmental and public health challenges

By Jonny Bairstow

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced more than $557,000 (£489,318) in funding for eight student teams to develop sustainable technologies to solve a range of environmental and public health challenges.

Montclair State University has received a grant to develop sustainable urban storm water management systems, Kennesaw State University, will research reducing carbon emissions with wireless technology and California State University plans to develop reusable biodiesel solvents,

Winning teams in the past have set up a company specialising in household water treatment systems, created a floating wetland classroom and developed what was claimed to be the nation’s “greenest vessel”.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said: “These students are applying what they have learned in the classroom to create innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

“These awards support the next generation of scientists and engineers in their commitment to environmental protection, while helping states, tribes and local communities find solutions to their environmental issues.”

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