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May 2005 Issue

Landscape Architecture Students Take Top Awards in EPA Competition
And prove that students have a lot to teach professionals.

By Diane Hellekson

Landscape Architecture Students Take Top Awards in EPA Competition
Ryan Bandy, University of Kentucky

For landscape architects who are savvy about ecological stormwater management, the results of the 2004 National Low Impact Development (LID) Student Competition will come as good news: Talented allies are on the way. On the other hand, landscape architects who are content to route stormwater to lakes and rivers via conventional sewer pipes might find reason for concern: The competitors are coming, and they know their stuff.

The competition, funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), awarded a total of $28,000 to 20 university students and another $25,000 to the seven programs in which they are enrolled. The entries, which analyzed watersheds and recommended specific LID practices for students' own campuses, generally wowed observers.

"We were overwhelmed by the sophistication and detailed understanding of LID techniques and principles," says Larry Coffman, an LID guru and former director of planning and programs for Prince George's County, Maryland, which helped administer the EPA grant.

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