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EPA Campus Rainworks Challenge
Date: 9/4/2012 - 12/14/2012
Type: Competitions / Awards
Location(s):
US
Description:

The U.S. EPA’s Office of Water is pleased to announce the Campus RainWorks Challenge for undergraduate and graduate students. Student teams are invited to create an innovative green infrastructure design for a site on their campus showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the campus community and the environment. Winning teams will earn a cash prize, as well as research funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on green infrastructure.

Green infrastructure uses vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage stormwater and create healthier urban environments. While single-purpose “gray” stormwater infrastructure (e.g. catch basins, pipes, and ponds) is largely designed to move urban stormwater away from the built environment, green infrastructure uses vegetation and soil to manage rainwater where it falls. By weaving natural processes into the built environment, green infrastructure can provide not only stormwater management, but also heat-island mitigation, air-quality management, community amenities, and much more.

Calendar:
Registration Opens: September 4, 2012
Registration Closes: October 5, 2012
Entries Due: December 14, 2012
Winners Announced: April 22, 2013

Prizes:
EPA will award a total of $23,000 to each of two groups of entries: entries from large institutions and entries from small institutions*. First and second place winners will be selected from each group. Winning teams will earn a cash prize, as well as research funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on the potential of green infrastructure to sustainably manage stormwater. Prizes for each group of entries (large institutions and small institutions) will be distributed as follows:

  • 1st place teams will win $2,500 for student team members and $11,000 for green infrastructure research by their faculty advisor.
  • 2nd place teams will win $1,500 for student team members and $8,000 for green infrastructure research by their faculty advisor.

* Large institutions will be defined as those receiving more than $35 million per year in federal funding for research and development, while small institutions will be defined as those receiving less than $35 million per year, as listed in the National Science Foundation's publication Federal Science and Engineering Support to Universities, Colleges, and Nonprofit Institutions  (See Table 12, column 2).

To download a competition brief and for more information, visit http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/crw_challenge.cfm.