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EPA’s Campus RainWorks Design Challenge

The U.S. EPA’s Office of Water is pleased to announce the Campus RainWorks Challenge for undergraduate and graduate students.

Student teams are invited to create an innovative green infrastructure design for a site on their campus showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the campus community and the environment.

Winning teams will earn a cash prize, as well as research funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on green infrastructure.

A Green Infrastructure Design Challenge for Colleges and Universities

In the first year of the Campus RainWorks Challenge, EPA hopes to:

  • Engage students in assessing the technical and economic potential of green infrastructure solutions on college and university campuses;
  • Provide a hands-on, interdisciplinary learning experience through which students faculty gain practical experience that they may apply in their future practice; and
  • Promote the use of green infrastructure practices that provide multiple environmental, social, and economic benefits on college and university campuses.

In future years, EPA plans to build on this model to invite student teams to design and complete demonstration projects assessing innovative green infrastructure technology on their campus.

EPA will award a total of $23,000 to each of two groups of entries: entries from large institutions and entries from small institutions. First and second place winners will be selected from each group.

Winning teams will earn a cash prize, as well as research funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on the potential of green infrastructure to sustainably manage stormwater.

Further details and specific eligibility requirements are included in the competition brief, available through the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website.