EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched its fourth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge for undergraduate and graduate students to design green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and increase resiliency to climate change. Registration for the 2015 Challenge opened Sept. 1 and ends Sept. 30. Registrants must submit their entries by Dec. 18, 2015, and winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2016.

Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will propose green infrastructure projects for their campuses, demonstrating how managing stormwater at its source can benefit communities and the environment.

This year’s competition asks student teams to incorporate climate resiliency considerations into their stormwater management designs, in which the teams should examine and describe the current and/or potential impacts of climate change on their college or university communities. Entries are to qualitatively and/or quantitatively demonstrate how the predicted performance of the team’s proposed green infrastructure project can mitigate and build resiliency to those impacts while effectively managing stormwater runoff (e.g., manage localized flooding, prepare for drought, reduce or eliminate irrigation, reduce urban heat impacts, lower energy demands).

Each first-place team will earn a student prize of $2,000 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 $2,000 for faculty research.

Since 2012, more than 350 student teams have participated in the challenge. The competition raises awareness of green infrastructure on college campuses, trains the next generation of professionals on green infrastructure principles, and fosters interdisciplinary collaboration.

 In order to maintain access to this website, we are linking to an archived version of the website saved on January 12, 2017. The original link can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/green-infrastructure/campus-rainworks-challenge-0 



Publication Date: September 1, 2015

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