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EPA Supports Green Infrastructure through CWSRF Program and Campus RainWorks Challenge

Join the EPA on May 12 for a free webcast:

Financing Green Infrastructure: Best Practices From the Clean Water State Revolving Fund

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
1:00 - 2:30 PM, EDT

As one of the largest sources of public water quality financing in the United States, the EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program has the national reach and resources to expand the use of green infrastructure across the water sector. Since 2009, state CWSRF programs have provided nearly $2 billion for green infrastructure. Virtually any project that manages, reduces, captures, or treats stormwater is eligible for funding. This webcast will feature speakers from EPA Headquarters, PENNVEST, and Capital Region Water in Harrisburg, PA. Attendees will learn how the CWSRF program is supporting green infrastructure at the national, state, and local levels by creating incentives for implementation and providing a permanent source of low-cost financing.





EPA Announces Winners of 9th Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the winners of its ninth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a national collegiate competition that engages the next generation of environmental professionals to design innovative solutions for stormwater pollution.

“Innovative stormwater management design has the potential to create vibrant and dynamic school campuses to benefit students and the surrounding community,” said EPA Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox. “This engaging competition encourages problem-solving through design while introducing students to opportunities to join the next generation of clean water professionals. Congratulations to this year’s winners and all of the teams that competed!”

Stormwater runoff is a significant source of water pollution and remains a complex environmental challenge for communities across the country. EPA’s Campus RainWorks Challenge asks students and faculty members at colleges and universities to apply green infrastructure design principles, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and increase the use of green infrastructure on the nation’s college campuses. Since 2012, more than 750 teams have participated in the challenge.

In this year’s challenge, EPA invited student teams to compete in two design categories: the Master Plan category, which examines how green infrastructure can be broadly integrated across campus, and the Demonstration Project category, which focuses on how green infrastructure can address stormwater pollution at a specific site on campus or local elementary, junior high, or high schools.

Participating judges included:
Amelle Schultz, ASLA, Ayers Saint Gross
Jodie Cook, ASLA, Jodie Cook Landscape Design
Dan Greenberg, ASLA, WithersRavenel
Stan Szwalek, ASLA, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architecture
Haven Kiers, ASLA, University of California, Davis

The challenge winners:

University of Texas at Arlington (1st Place Master Plan Category) – Titled “The Path Forward: Contain, Clean, and Connect,” this entry redesigned the university’s master plan to strategically incorporate green infrastructure practices at key locations, including transportation corridors and local water bodies. The team took a holistic design approach that would not only protect public health and water quality, but promote resilience, create new wildlife habitat, and create new recreational amenities for students and educators. Watch the team’s video about their project.

Project Narrative | Design Board

Congratulations student team members Michael Shuey, Student ASLA; Reza Mabadi, Student ASLA; Nusrat Jahan Nipu, Student ASLA and lead faculty advisor, Dr. Taner Ozdil, Ph. D., ASLA.

University of Pennsylvania (1st Place Demonstration Project Category) – The team’s entry, titled “Growing Together,” redesigned the Andrew Hamilton Elementary School campus in West Philadelphia to incorporate a variety of green infrastructure practices, as well as raised garden beds and a food forest. Extensive stakeholder engagement within the community led to a realistic design that would manage stormwater runoff on-site, connect students to their watershed, and help address food insecurity. Andrew Hamilton Elementary supported the team’s vision and will move forward with project construction this spring. Watch the team’s video about their design.

Project Narrative | Design Board

Congratulations student team member Mrinalini Verma, Student ASLA.

University of Pittsburgh (2nd Place Master Plan Category) – The “Team PreciPITTation” entry integrated multiple green infrastructure practices into a master plan design that focused on the elimination of combined sewer overflows. Students engaged with internal and external stakeholders to create a design that would manage stormwater runoff and reduce flooding while creating safe, multifunctional spaces accessible to students and the greater Pittsburgh community. Watch the team’s video about their project.

Project Narrative | Design Board

Florida International University (2nd Place Demonstration Project Category) – In their entry titled “Smart Eco-Water Use: Towards a Climate Resilient Campus!” this team targeted water efficiency issues at the campus engineering center. Green infrastructure practices in this design would reduce heat island effects, harvest rainwater, and prevent localized flooding. Watch the team’s video about their design.

Project Narrative | Design Board

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Honorable Mention, Demonstration Project Category:

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