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Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge Shortlists 2012 Projects

June 12, 2012

LONDON, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Five projects bringing safe water and sanitation in final race for 1st and

2nd prize

The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge shortlist was announced today, highlighting
five innovative ideas to provide sustainable access to safe water and sanitation. The
winning project will be announced at the end of August at the annual World Water Week
[http://www.worldwaterweek.org ] in Stockholm and featured in the Journal of Water
Research. The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge winner will receive a prize of $50,000
with a second place prize of $25,000.

The projects provide a range of accessible and affordable solutions including:
hygienic sanitation stations; sand dams to collect rainwater; a sanitation technology
competition; iron-reinforced biosand filters; and green energy-transported water. Projects
were evaluated by a team of reviewers and a panel of distinguished judges to identify the
most replicable, scalable, sustainable and innovative solutions with practical
applicability and the ability to engage a range of stakeholders and local communities.

Shortlisted candidates will be given access to relevant Reed Elsevier publications
such as the Journal of Water Research in order to help them refine their original
proposals by mid July. The panel of judges is comprised of academic and industry leaders
in the fields of water and sanitation resources: Dr. Sarah Bell, Senior Lecturer in
Environmental Engineering, University College London; Dr. Prasad Modak, Executive
President of the Environmental Management Centre in India; Professor Gang Pan, Research
Center for Eco-environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences; and Dr. Mark van
Loosdrecht, Professor of Biochemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology.

The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge was launched in 2011 to contribute to the
Water for Life Decade, established by the UN General Assembly between 2005 and 2015 to
support the Millennium Development Goal to halve the number of people without access to
safe drinking water and stop unsustainable exploitation of water resources. The World
Health Organisation has indicated that one in three people does not have enough water to
meet their daily needs. Poor access to safe water contributes to health crises in many
developing countries, and increasingly leads to violent conflict.

Youngsuk (“YS”) Chi, Director, Corporate Affairs, Reed Elsevier, noted: “With the Reed
Elsevier Environmental Challenge we hope to highlight the need for safe and sustainable
water solutions for at risk communities. The 2012 shortlisted applications provide a
promising mix of applied technologies, local engagement and a drive to make real
contributions. We look forward to celebrating the winners at the World Water Week in
Stockholm.”

To learn more about The Environmental Challenge, please visit the Environmental
Challenge website
[http://www.reedelsevier.com/corporateresponsibility/environmental-challenge/Pages/Home.aspx ]
.

Notes to Editors

Please find a list of the Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge shortlisted projects
below:

        - Lindsay Stradley (Sanergy) aims to make hygienic sanitation accessible and
          affordable for all through a network of small-scale, high-quality sanitation centres
          close to homes in the slums of Nairobi. In Kenya 8.5m people live in slums with 80 per
          cent of the slum communities lacking access to adequate sanitation. Sanergy toilets
          are franchised to local entrepreneurs to stimulate the economy, and the project is
          made sustainable by turning the waste into products-organic fertilizer that is sold to
          farms, and electricity which is sold to the national grid. If successful, prize money
          will expand a pilot project in Nairobi slums by an additional 150 toilets.

        - Louise Storey (Excellent Development) proposes the use of sand dams-a
          simple, low cost and replicable form of rainwater harvesting-for a rural community in
          Makueni County in Kenya. In the Makeuni County, 57% of households do not have access
          to a safe water supply. Women and children have to walk long distances during periods
          of drought to collect water from polluted sources, so there is an urgent need to
          harvest and effectively store rainwater during erratic downpours for use during
          periods of drought. The funds will go towards building two sand dams and creating a
          self-help group to involve the community in the process.

        - Tommy Ngai (CAWST) will modify conventional Biosand Filters with iron
          particles in order to bring safe drinking water to two impoverished rural villages in
          Nepal. Over two years 150 filters will be installed in the village households, and
          CAWST will update its education materials and use workshops to promote the technology.
          The project can help more than 1,000 people in the two villages, and also has the
          potential to help millions over the next 10 years should the new iron-amended Biosand
          Filter prove to be a success.

        - Marisa Elliott (Mercy Corps) is developing an affordable, sustainable and
          situation-appropriate waste management system for the extremely dense, poor
          communities in Jakarta. Indonesia has one of the highest rates of urbanization in the
          world, which increases the pressure on its sanitation systems-almost 45 per cent of
          the Indonesian population does not have access to decent sanitation leading to
          disease. But more innovation is needed in order to make the technology affordable.
          Mercy Corps will use the funding to launch a targeted design competition to help
          refine components and reduce the price point of the technology, while building on the
          business and technology findings from Mercy Corps' past pilot projects.

        - Barbara Siembida-Losch (University of Waterloo) will design and implement
          simplified and sustainable water supply facilities in Laos to provide and treat water
          locally. The project uses green energy and a chemical-free treatment; it will
          transport water using a solar energy-based pump, treat the water with a low-cost
          method that uses Moringa oleifera seeds which can be found locally, and then further
          disinfects the water using the SODIS method-Solar Water Disinfection. A community of
          300 to 400 residents will not only benefit from safe drinking water, but also from an
          education on waterborne diseases and the reduced time it will take women and children
          to get the water.

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