The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a total of $2.38 million to 34 small businesses around the United States to support the development of sustainable technologies. The awards, given to businesses in 16 states, focus on 10 key environmental research areas: increasing the efficiency of green building materials and systems; manufacturing innovation; prevention, monitoring, and control using nanotechnology; reducing greenhouse gases; new treatment technologies for drinking water; improving water infrastructure; reducing emissions from small air pollution sources and vehicles and biofuels production facilities; new approaches for cleaning up and monitoring hazardous waste sites; and new tools for homeland security systems.
“Innovation is the lifeline of progress—and scientific and technological innovation are essential to the progress we seek to make in protecting people and the planet,” says Dr. Paul T. Anastas, assistant administrator for EPA's office of research and development. “These small businesses are key to helping us reach that goal.”
EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was established to ensure that new technologies are developed to solve priority environmental problems. To be eligible to participate in SBIR, a small business must have fewer than 500 employees, and at least 51 percent of the business must be owned by U.S. citizens.
Several award recipients are from the green building realm, including Fusion Collant Systems in Ann Arbor, Mich., for its project developing comost technology used in green infrastructure, green building, and urban storm water applications; Lao K in Albany, Ore., which is testing a formaldehyde-free soy-based wood adhesive for making plywood; and Lynntech in Bryan, Texas., for a project developing an efficient distributed energy generation system.
EPA is also requesting applications for the development of new environmental technologies. The application deadline is May 11. For information on the application process, visit epa.gov/ncer/sbir
A full list of award recipients, along with their individual projects, is online at epa.gov/ncer/sbir/10awards/.