Students! EPA Launches Sixth Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

Registration is now open for the sixth annual U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Campus RainWorks Challenge, a design competition that is open to undergraduate and graduate students across the country. EPA seeks to engage with students to foster a dialogue about responsible stormwater management and showcase the environmental, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure practices.

Registration for the 2017 Challenge is open through the 30th. Student teams must register in order to submit their entries by December 15. Winners will be announced in the Spring of 2018. Each first-place team will earn a student prize of $2,000 to be divided evenly among student team members and a faculty prize of $3,000 to support green infrastructure research or training. Second-place teams will win $1,000 for student teams and a $2,000 faculty prize.

The 2016 challenge included 60 student teams from 30 states, encouraging students to learn about the impacts of climate change on their communities and demonstrate how the use of green infrastructure practices can build resiliency to those impacts while effectively managing stormwater runoff. Teams were asked to contemplate how public involvement with the local community, city, state, or other organizations could help support the proposed project.

Last year’s winners included students and faculty from City College of New York and Kansas State University.
Water pollution associated with stormwater runoff requires infrastructure solutions that are innovative, resilient, and affordable. Today’s scholars are tomorrow’s design professionals. The Campus RainWorks Challenge will harness their creativity and knowledge to jointly advance the agency’s mission to protect public health and water quality.

For more information, visit the EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge website.

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