White House honors Nashua teen for environmental stewardship
By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent | August 26. 2014 9:33PM
White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Michael Boots, former President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) winner and current EPA intern Apoorva Rangan, Administrator Gina McCarthy, new PEYA winner May Wang, new PEYA award winner Deepika Kurup, and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren before the PEYA awards ceremony. (COURTESY)
“Her project also developed several different prototypes for real-world applications. She has filed a patent and plans to deploy her invention in places around the world that are affected by water pollution,” according to a news release from EPA New England.
“I am inspired to see such creative and promising work coming from one of New England’s younger citizens,” Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office, said in a statement. “The solutions to our environmental concerns need to come from all directions. Ms. Kurup’s innovative work, and that of the other PEYA winners, bodes well for a cleaner and healthier environment in the future.”
According to Kurup, the daughter of Meena and Pradeep Kurup of Nashua, more than 1 billion people throughout the world do not have access to pure drinking water, with some individuals spending up to four hours a day collecting water that is filled with germs and bacteria.
As far as her recent award from the White House, Kurup said she is honored to be a PEYA recipient; the recognition ceremony in the state’s capitol was an amazing experience she added.
The Nashua teenager and young scientist may eventually pursue a career in neurology, as she is fascinated by the human brain and its functions.