By Lucy L. Alexander
AIChE-IfS hosted a booth at the 10th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo
on April 25-27, alongside other exhibitors and student teams competing for EPA’s P3
“People, Prosperity and the Planet” award, worth up to $90,000. AIChE YCOSST judges bestowed this year’s YCOSST P3 Award
upon Purdue University’s team
for their Biowall design. The Expo was held at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, collocated with the USA Science and Engineering Festival, and attracted curious crowds of all ages from around the country (and beyond!).
[caption id="attachment_78466" align="aligncenter" width="470" caption="The 2014 EPA P3 teams gather at the Convention Center for a group shot."]
YCOSST P3 award
of $1,000 is presented annually by AIChE-IfS to the competing P3 team whose project best employs sustainable practices, interdisciplinary collaborations, engineering principles, and youth involvement, and whose design is simple enough to have a sustainable impact without requiring significant technical expertise of its users. This year’s judges were Lyn Beary, NIST (retired); Jeffrey Seay, University of Kentucky; and Lucy Alexander, AIChE IfS. Lucy presented the award to Purdue University’s winning team at the awards ceremony
on Sunday, April 27, 2014. The winners are invited to present their work at the 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting
and create a webinar to be disseminated on AIChE’s website. Purdue’s team was also one of the EPA P3 award winners! Congratulations!
[caption id="attachment_78465" align="aligncenter" width="470" caption="AIChE's Lucy Alexander presented the Purdue University team with the YCOSST P3 award."]
Purdue University: Biowall’s impact on indoor air quality and energy
The winning team from Purdue is comprised of students and faculty from a variety of departments ranging from economics to engineering. The team designed a Biowall
that aims to maintain high levels of indoor air quality and reduce HVAC energy use by reducing outside air requirements for buildings, specifically energy-efficient buildings that seal off outside air leaks. This technology leverages the natural ability of plants to reduce CO2
and remove VOC’s by integrating the living plant wall directly into the building’s HVAC system. In phase II of the project, the team intends to deploy an improved Biowall in a demonstration home. (We want one in ours!)
[caption id="attachment_78464" align="aligncenter" width="470" caption="2014 YCOSST P3 award judges (from left) Lucy Alexander and Lyn Beary staff the AIChE booth."]
was formed by the partnership between the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) Institute for Sustainability (IfS) and SustainUS
. YCOSST's mission is to build understanding of sustainability issues and principles, raise awareness of the science and technology behind sustainable choices, and develop grass roots campus efforts. You can learn about, and join, YCOSST here
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