EPA is looking to academic institutions to help build a diverse portfolio of practical and replicable projects that benefit communities, the environment, academic institutions, and the TRI Program. EPA welcomes the submission of any project proposal that advances the knowledge, use and understanding of TRI data and related information. In reviewing project proposals, EPA intends to place priority on these key project themes and objectives:
- Pollution Prevention & Sustainability: Promote the use of TRI as a sustainable development tool and the adoption of pollution prevention (P2) technologies.
- Stakeholder Engagement: Cultivate relationships among stakeholder groups and improve the communication of TRI-related information.
- Technology and Data Mashups: Investigate the use of new technologies or analytic methods to integrate TRI data with other datasets to unlock the broader potential of TRI data.
- Environmental Education: Explore replicable ways to integrate TRI information into college and university classrooms.
To learn more about TRI data, applicants can use the myRight-To-Know and TRI Explorer tools. Additional TRI tools and factors to consider when using TRI data can be found on the TRI Data and Tools webpage.
Anyone who is affiliated with an accredited college or university is welcome to apply. Proposed projects may range from one semester to multi-year research or coursework. Applicants may include, but are not limited to:
- Undergraduate/graduate students with faculty leadership
- Academic faculty and researchers
- Ph.D. candidates
- Complete the Partner Application Form.
- Send completed application to the TRI University Challenge at Scott.Zachary@epa.gov by 5 p.m. on May 13, 2013.
For more information, visit http://www.epa.gov/tri/university/.