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Students and Educators! EPA Launches Seventh Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

Registration is now open for the 7th annual U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design competition for 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.
Pollution associated with urban stormwater runoff is a problem that is growing in magnitude. The Campus RainWorks Challenge invites the current generation of scholars to lend their creativity and knowledge to the green infrastructure design process and become part of the solution to stormwater pollution by designing an innovative green infrastructure project for their campus that effectively manages stormwater pollution while benefitting the campus community and the environment.

  • Registration: September 1 - 30, 2018
  • Deadline for Entries: December 14, 2018
  • Winners Announced: Spring 2019.

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For the 2018 challenge the first place team in each design category will receive a student prize of $2,000 to be divided evenly among the team and a faculty prize of $3,000. The second place team in each category will receive a student prize of $1,000 to be divided evenly among the team and a faculty prize of $2,000.

Challenge highlights:
• Two design categories...

  • Master Plan
  • Demonstration Project

• College teams in the demonstration project category can select to design a site at a nearby elementary, middle, or high school campus.

• Teams are required to get creative with a video pitch that makes the case for their green infrastructure design.
Interdisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged, including, but not limited to landscape architecture, architecture, planning, engineering, conservation biology, landscape ecology, hydrology, soil science, economics, public administration, business administration, and communications.

Last year’s winners included students and faculty from University of California, Berkeley, Master Plan category, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Demonstration Project category.

For more information, visit the EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge website

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