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EPA Announces Stormwater Management Competition

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

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To get college and university students involved with the development of green infrastructure for stormwater management, the Environmental Protection Agency recently announced via an emailed press release the launch of its eighth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a competition that is open to schools across the country.

“The Campus RainWorks Challenge gets students excited about innovative infrastructure that provides clean water for campus communities,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Water David Ross.

“The program engages the next generation of potential clean water professionals and fosters the interdisciplinary collaboration necessary to solve the problems of the future.”

About the Challenge

In contrast with gray stormwater infrastructure, which focuses on drawing stormwater away from built spaces, green infrastructure implements tools like soil and vegetation. Ultimately, this results in an increase in water and air quality, along with mitigating heat island effects, among other community benefits.

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To get college and university students involved with the development of green infrastructure for stormwater management, the Environmental Protection Agency recently announced via an emailed press release the launch of its eighth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a competition that is open to schools across the country.

Last year’s winners, announced via email in April, included a team from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette that placed first in the Master Plan Category for its project that focused on developing community resilience with the use of flood control and green infrastructure. The other winner, a team from the University of Oregon taking first place in the Demonstration Project Category, featured a redesign of a local high school with better green infrastructure practices.

Contest Entry

Prospective entries should fall under one of two categories:

  • The Demonstration Project, which focuses on site-specific implementation of green infrastructure; or
  • The Master Plan, which focuses on the long-term implementation of green infrastructure over a larger campus area.

According to the EPA, each first-place team will earn a student prize of $5,000, to be split among students, and a faculty prize of $5,000, to go toward research and training. Second-place teams will receive similar prizes, each totaling $2,500.

Registration opened Sept. 1 and will close Oct. 15, and those interested in doing so should submit a registration form. Those who register must submit their entries by Dec. 17. Winners will be announced in the spring.

   

Tagged categories: Colleges and Universities; Competitions; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Infrastructure; NA; non-potable water; North America; Program/Project Management

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