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Environmental Expo On The Mall; Georgetown House Tour

GEORGETOWN—The neighborhood's annual house tour is taking place next Saturday, April 28th. It is in its 81st year and is thought to be the oldest house tour in the country. This year two of the houses on the tour belong to Ward 2 Council Member Jack Evans and architect Hugh Newell Jacobesen. [Dish; Patch]

NATIONAL MALL—For Earth Day fun head over to an expo sponsored by the EPA that runs from April 21-23. Exhibits will be about things like how to use spinach to convert the sun ray's into electricity and an energy system that fits into a shipping container. Click through for the full press release>>

On April 21-23, 2012, EPA will co-sponsor the 8th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo on the National Mall, Washington, D.C. The expo brings together more than 30 exhibitors from nonprofits and government agencies showcasing innovative environmental solutions. The event will feature 45 university and college teams from across the country competing in Phase II of EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) student-design competition.

P3 team projects include a new process that uses spinach to capture and convert the sun’s energy to electricity; an energy system that fits in a shipping container that doubles as the platform for rapid deployment to disaster areas; an innovative green process to synthesize rare and expensive drugs using microbes found in the ocean; and, a partnership with a local landfill to design a process that uses waste heat and drainage to grow algae for biodiesel production. Previous P3 award winners have started successful businesses and are marketing the technologies in the U.S. and around the world.

WHO: Lek Kadeli, acting assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development
More than 30 exhibitors and 45 student design teams

WHEN: Saturday, April 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, April 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: National Mall between 13th and 14th Streets (opposite the National Museum of American History)

More information about the P3 event: www.epa.gov/p3/nsde

See videos of past expos and P3 team winners: www.epa.gov/P3/multimedia