EPA Awards Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award to California Student

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced Melanie Quan as the winner of its "Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award." Melanie's research sought to filter microplastics (smaller than 5mm) using sustainable, low-cost technology in a design that could be applied to address the sources of microplastics in our waterways. By applying technology used to remove particulate matter (the electrostatic smoke precipitator), Melanie developed a novel microplastics filtration system with a variety of applications to minimize microfiber from laundry loads to commercial or industrial uses. 

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Source: U.S. EPA