The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced an award to Billion Bottle Project through their People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) grant program. The EPA is the United States government agency dedicated to the protection of the health of humans and the environment. The Phase I P3 award is a one-year grant sponsored by the EPA that considers projects tackling a vast range of sustainability issues, from chemicals, to construction, to agriculture, to water, that address either or both environmental protection or public health concerns. Of the interdisciplinary student teams that competed, about 20 teams were awarded the Phase I P3 grant.

BBP is composed primarily of teams dedicated to engineering, marketing, and education, with participating students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. These teams are focused on the development of OSPRI: a low cost, reusable dye-based solar water disinfection sensor that will give a visual confirmation when water has been sufficiently purified. Our teams are excited that the EPA sees promise in our research and are eager to use this funding to continue working towards our goals to advance affordable and sustainable clean water efforts to improve the health of communities around the world.

As part of this award, BBP will present OSPRI at the National Sustainable Design Expo and to compete for the Phase II P3 grant in the upcoming year. The National Sustainable Design Expo will be held in conjunction with the U.S. Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. on April 7-8.